Prior to the formation of ELICOP, some members of the Church of Pentecost in Ghana had become residents in the UK and were worshipping in the Kensington Temple (KT) and other Charismatic Churches. Others were meeting in home Cells for prayers and Bible studies. |
In August 1986, Apostle Opoku Onyinah and Pastor (now Apostle) Daniel K. Noble Atsu arrived in the UK from C.O.P. in Ghana for studies at the Elim Bible College at Capel (now Regent Theological College in Nantwich) and became pivotal in the efforts being made to meet as a group for prayer and worship.
As part of divine purpose however, the breakthrough came when the late Apostle S. F. Sarfo, the then Chairman of C.O.P. was flown to London in 1988 for treatment from his illness. He was admitted to St. John?s Wood Hospital in London. The hospital, therefore, became the focal point for meeting other members of C.O.P residents in London including Apostle Opoku Onyinah and Pastor Noble Atsu.
Needless to say ?that all things work together for good to those who love God? (Romans 8:28). In March 1988 the group had their first fellowship meeting at Elim Pentecostal Church at Newcourt, 1-3 Regina Road, Finsbury Park, London N4. Discussions centred on forming an association as a prelude to starting a Pentecostal Church in the U.K.
The first Executive Meeting under the Chairmanship of Apostle now (Dr.) Opoku Onyinah was held under the name of Pentecost Association of UK and Eire, ?PAUKE? for short. This was done in consultation with the Executive Council of The Church of Pentecost and the Executives of Elim Pentecostal Church, who have an accord with C.O.P in Ghana.