HISTORY OF EMMANUEL CONGREGATION, AMSTERDAM
Emmanuel Congregation, Amsterdam grew out of a group of English-speaking Africans who worshipped together on Sunday afternoon under the auspices of the Protestant Congregations (PGZO) in Amsterdam Zuid Oost in the year 2000.
Gradually the idea to form a Congregation of the Presbyterian Church of Ghana took shape with the conviction that this would serve many Ghanaians living in Amsterdam and its surroundings. Registration of members and election of Presbyters took place. The Presbyters were: Stephen Kwasi Oduro (Senior Presbyter), Nakita Amma Agyemang, S. Kwakye Odame, Doris Vidda, Clement Henz Tetteh, Agnes Asemia Agyei, Robert Agyei, and Ivy Dowuona. On 23rd June 2002, the first elected Presbyters were commissioned in a service led by Rev. Nii Teiko Dagadu, an Ecumenical Co-worker in Zuid-Holland Provincial Office of Protestant Church in the Netherlands (PKN).
From 3rd February 2003 Rev. Nii Teiko Dagadu was asked to work together with Rev. J.W. van der Meulen and Rev. Cees van veelen on how best to operate together and to work out how the existing relationship between the Protestant Church in the Netherlands and the Presbyterian Church of Ghana on national level would find a suitable local form.
On 19th October 2003, the Moderator of the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church of Ghana, Rt. Rev. Dr. Sam. Prempeh officially inaugurated the new PCG congregation in the Netherlands at the Drie Stromen Church in Amsterdam South-east. In attendance was the Ghana Ambassador to the Netherlands Her Excellency Mrs. Dr. Grace Amponsa Ababio, who was the Guest of Honour; Ghana Ambassador to Denmark, His Excellency Mr. Emmanuel Adu, Mr. Leo Kofferman, a representative from the National Office of the SOW Church – Utrecht, Mrs. Adelaide Ama Serwaa Prempeh, wife of the Moderator.
After Rev. Dagadu had finished his term as Ecumenical Co-worker in September 2004, Rev. A.P. van den Broek was asked to take temporal oversight of the Congregation and Mr. Kwakye Odame served as caretaker. On 12th May 2010, Rev Daniel Osei Bediako-Akoto arrived to assume duty as the first PCG minister from Ghana to oversee this congregation’
On 28th September 2016, Rev. David Osei Asare arrived in Amsterdam to assume duty as the resident minister of Emmanuel congregation and the District minister for the Holland-Belgium District.
Currently the numerical strength of the Church stands at Two hundred and thirty-six (236) including forty-nine (49) children.