How It Started
Royalhouse Chapel International was founded by the Most Rev. Sam Korankye Ankrah after his encounter with the Lord in June 19, 1991. Before his encounter and subsequent arrival in Ghana in November 1992, he had given approval to his wife, Rev. Mrs. Rita Korankye Ankrah (affectionately called Mama Rita) to start Sunday services with members of Showers of Blessings who were then available. The meetings began at the GES Model Nursery School in Accra at North Ridge with 12 adults and 12 children attending the first Sunday service.
International Bible Worship Centre (IBWC)
The name under which they operated from March 1991 was Abundant Life Missions International. But in July 1993, the name of the church was changed to Bible Worship Centre to reflect the new vision and focus with which Rev. Sam Korankye Ankrah was going to operate. To give the church a global focus, the name was modified in August 1994 to International Bible Worship Centre (IBWC). Royalhouse Chapel International (RCI) was approved and from March 1999 to date, it has been the operational name of the Church.
Return From Holland
Although Rev. Sam Korankye Ankrah returned from Holland in November 1992, he assumed full leadership of the church in January 1993. That year, the number of worshippers increased significantly from 30 to 150 adults. Thus, in 1994, it became necessary to relocate the church to the Agricultural Development Bank (ADB) canteen which had a larger facility. When the influx of members made it impossible for the ADB canteen to be used for Sunday services, the church was moved to the Blackmoore and Sons warehouse on the same Ring Road. The warehouse was transformed into a beautiful worship center and from October 1994 to November 2000, that place was to be the IBWC auditorium where many healings, miracles, and deliverances would occur.
A Membership of 250 to Nearly 5000 Worshipers
During this 5 year period, the church grew from a membership of 250 to nearly 5,000 worshipers.To effectively accommodate the large number of worshippers, three fully packed services were held every Sunday at 7:00am, 9:00am and 11:00am respectively. The sermon was translated into the Twi and Ewe local languages in the first two services respectively, with the third being an English service. Those who could not be seated inside the main hall participated in the services via closed-circuit TV outside where canopies had been mounted.
A Historic Migration
A historic move was made on November 4, 2000. Thousands of worshippers attended an All Night prayer vigil at the Blackmoore and Sons premises. Around 4am, they were led in a prayer march to Ahenfie, the newly acquired church property located near the Obetsebi Lamptey Circle on the Ring Road West a distance of about three (3) kilometres from the Blackmoore and Sons premises. Symbolically, it was a significant move, a crossing over from Egypt to the Promised Land.
The Land of Prophecy and Promise
Ahenfie is thus considered by all members of Royalhouse Chapel as a land of prophecy and promise.Contrary to the general perception of the public, Ahenfie is not synonymous with the umbrella name, Royalhouse Chapel which encompasses the church’s headquarters (Ahenfie) with its 26 different Ministries (groups) as well as all the other distinct organs incorporated under the umbrella name. These organs include Royalhouse Chapel’s 120 Local Assemblies its 16 International Missions and their various departments, the media ministries, the church administration, the Christian Leadership College, as well as the Department of Social Services etc. The Social Services and Practical Ministry alone has a wide range of departments under it, these include, Royalhouse Chapel Schorlarship Foundation, The Compassion Ministry (Feed the Hungry, Rural Missions and Evangelism), the Marriage Counselling Department, the Children, Teens, Young Adults, Men, Women, Aged and Anglophone & Francophone Ministry amongst many.