“Praise the Lord, O my soul; all my inmost being, praise his holy name. Praise the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits”. Psalm 103;1-2
In 1965 the old Dansoman village consisted of a few mud houses, large tracts of upland ground covered by cassava farms, mango trees, wild bus and many brown ant hills. By 1975, this area had been replaced by the largest modern housing estate in Ghana.
Dansoman Estate is situated 5 miles west of Accra, the capital town and contains 50,000 new occupants. They were civil and public servants, architects, lawyers, businessmen, enterprising women traders, retired government officials – all forming a quiet and airy suburbia of car owning, flower tending and house proud community; the majority of who have their original home towns and villages outside the Greater Accra Region.
Considering the distance and transportation challenges, Mrs. Mercy Anie Laryea contacted the Session of the Kaneshie Presbyterian Church for assistance to find solution to these problems and to establish a church, mainly for Akan speaking people who did not understand the Ga language used by the Estate Presbyterian Church.
Birth Of The Church
In response to the request made by Mrs. Anie Laryea, Rev. M. A. Addo, the then Minister for Kaneshie Presby Church, and Session, on Sunday, 8th December 1974, dispatched seven members of the BSPG to conduct the first church service for what was to be the birth of Dansoman Presbyterian Church. The first Church service was held on the verandah of Mrs. Lucy Anie Budu, at Hs. No. C90, Dansoman.
Members present at the first service were: Mrs. Mercy Anie Laryea, Mrs. Lucy Anie Budu, Ms. Evelyn Agyare, Ms. Margaret Siaw, Ms. Elizabeth Sakyibea Anie, Ms. Josephine Asare, Ms. Josephine Addo, Ms. Christiana Brago Diawuo and Ms. Rita Budu. In attendance were seven children and a baby Ebo Anumel.
With Mr. Aboagye Kwarteng being the first man to join the new Church with the family, it grew in numbers week by week. Most of the initial members were from Accra Ascension, Kaneshie and Adabraka Official Town Presbyterian Churches.
As their numbers grew, it became necessary to look for a bigger place to worship and in answer to their prayers, Mad. Victoria Amegashie, a member of the Adabraka Presbyterian Church offered her newly completed house at Dansoman “for as long as you will need it and at no cost.” On Good Friday, 28th March 1975, the “verandah” Church moved to the new hall. The first communion was administered by Rev. M. A. Addo for 23 communicants, and the name “Dansoman Site ‘C’ Congregation” was adopted.
Rev. J. E. Svanikier, the then Clerk of Ga Presbytery, on 27th March 1975, placed the Dansoman Presbyterian Church under Kaneshie District for the purpose of administration and pasturing. However, in 1976, when the District Boundaries were reviewed and redrawn, Dansoman was accordingly placed under the Accra Central District, where it was administered till it gained District status on 8th April 1990.