Our History

The establishment of the Good News Training Institute (now, Good News Theological Seminary) in Accra, Ghana, was a culmination of many incidental events in the 1960s in West Africa.

  • The phenomenal growth of African Independent Churches (AICs) in Africa, particularly West Africa.
  • The curiosity of scholars, missiologists and researchers to find the causes of the popularity, growth and challenges of AICs.
  • The absence of theological/pastoral training institutions for leaders and members African Independent Churches.

An initiative by Edwin and Irene Weaver, a missionary couple of the Mennonite Board of Missions in the USA, led to the commencement of the seminary in Ghana in 1971. It began as:

  • Weekly Bible study sessions for some AIC leaders at the choir loft of the Church of the Lord (Aladura) at Nima, a suburb of Accra.
  • The Bible study sessions metamorphosed into an ecumenical Fellowship of church leaders;
  • Good News Bible Classes in many parts of Accra. The classes were taught by western missionary scholars, Ghanaian biblical scholars, church leaders and some students of the Trinity College, a seminary for Protestant churches in Ghana;
  • A monthly dialogue between leaders of the AICs and the western mission-founded churches known as Inter-Church Conversations ensued.
  • In early 1971 the various Good News Bible Classes were combined into an evening part-time theological institute called the Good News Training Institute. The school was opened at the YMCA facility in Accra, on 4 October 1971. It was formally inaugurated on 6 Nov. 1971.
  • In 1995 it was turned into a full-time institution known as Good News Theological College and Seminary in 1995 under the leadership of Rev.Dr. Erwin Spruth. The name was changed to Good News Theological Seminary on 9th September 2016.

The seminary has trained many people to become church leaders, pastors, evangelists, Bible scholars and expositors, church planters, missionaries, counselors, child evangelists, theologians, church historians, school administrators and many more in many other fields of Christian ministry.