Our History and Our Heritage
The foundation of the Montreal Methodist Church, a society of the Methodist Church Ghana was born in the foreknowledge of the Living God; purchased by the blood of the lamb and sanctioned by the Holy Spirit. In the Triune God’s own appointed time, the society began to be fleshed in the Montreal Ghanaian immigrant community by the hands of men and women He chose. It started with the beginning of the 2nd millennium. So, we sometimes refer to this society as a ‘millennium ecclesia of the Wesleyan family with Ghanaian flavour, black African fragrance, immigrant’s fire and fresh Pentecostal fervour’.
Fellowship and Conversion
The church started as a fellowship bearing the name Ghana Methodist Fellowship in the December 2002 under the supervision of the Very Rev. Samuel Omane Agyapong the then resident Minister of the Ghana Methodist Church of Toronto. The fellowship initial meeting place was the residence of the Nketiah family on Henri Bourassa Street in Montreal. The fellowship, later in February 2003 moved to 170 Jean-Talon, Suite 405 for its meetings. During that same month, the fellowship was officially converted into a church under the Methodist Church, Ghana. It adopted the name Ghana Methodist Church, Montreal Society.
The premiere leadership were brother Aaron Quasie (care taker and class leader), Ben Soga (society steward), Badu Nyantekyi (finance), Beatrice Ntim (Class Leaders) and Jane Nketiah (Leaders’ Meeting Secretary). The enthusiasm of it members saw it early growth with several donations including chairs, printer/fax, robes etc. from them. With its new status, the church became part of the Christian Council in Montreal and also registered in the province of Quebec in March 2003 under the French name, Eglise Methodiste du Montréal. During it first year, three organizations were established including the men’s and youth fellowships. There were also some changes to the leadership due to transfers.
The society celebrated its first anniversary and John Wesley Day in May 2004. During that period, the church grew in numbers and therefore secured Suite 403 in the same 170 Jean Talon building as its new place of worship while keeping initial place of worship for children service. The ceremony of dedication was performed by Rev. Hodgins, District Superintendent of the Wesleyan Churches, Eastern Canada, and Very Rev Samuel O. Agyapong. In December 2004, the church held it first annual harvest. By August 2009, the church had grown and moved in to 6870 rue Terrebonne, in Montreal. The church was also ready for a resident minister.
First Resident Minister
The society received its first resident minister, in the person of Rev. Emmanuel Ohene-Gyimah, with his wife, Mrs. Hagar Ohene Gyimah, in September 2009. The years following saw great increase in various aspect of the church including the establishment of the lay movement, inauguration of the Susanna Wesley Auxiliary Mission and the Women’s Fellowship in 2011, as well as the inauguration of the youth fellowship in 2012.
Ministerial Changeover and the Future
After five years of dedicated pastoral service, the first resident minister, Very Rev. Emmanuel Ohene Gyimah was transferred to Ghana in September 2014. God blessed the church with Rev. Joshua Cherub Doughan and his family, who arrived in Montreal at the beginning of the church calendar year (October 2014). Over the past five years, The Ghana Methodist Church, in Montreal has made great strives under the leadership of Rev. Joshua Cherub Doughan. He led the church to celebrate its fifteen years anniversary in 2018. Indeed, Ebenezer, that is how far the Lord has brought us and we are grateful.