HISTORICAL BACKGROUND OF PENSA
The beginning of this campus ministry dates back to 1969 and 1970. It unofficially began in Kumasi in 1969 when Aps. J.C. Quaye of blessed memory made it a priority to give attention to students from the COP and inspire them to keep the faith and encourage them in their walk with God. During those days, it had become rather common for some educated people to lose their spiritual grounds as they climbed the educational ladder and become rather secular. In 1974, Apostle A. T. Nartey (late) also followed suit and began to organize the students in Cape Coast and tending to their spiritual needs.
It was not until 1976 that the Legon Pentecostals Union (LPU) was formed. It was the first ever Pentecostal Union in any university in the country. Stationed at the University of Ghana, Legon campus, it was spearheaded by the likes of Bro. J.A. Larkai (now Elder Lawyer Larkai) , Peter Ohene Kyei (Apostle Peter Ohene Kyei – retired), and other zealous young men of God. Some members of the Church at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology then took it a step further and organized themselves as ‘The Church of Pentecost Students Group, and later adopting the name “Pentecost Students Association”. The difference between LPU and PENSA then was that whilst LPU embraced students from all other churches under the Ghana Pentecostal Council, Pentecost Students Association was for only the students from the Church of Pentecost. That same year, after some discussions between Brothers J. S. Gyimah, Bro. J.A. Larkai, Peter Ohene Kyei, it was decided that a student movement within the Church was a must.
One of the notable people that contributed immensely to the formation of PENSA was Rev J Egyir–Paintsil (the 1st General Secretary of COP). He carried the discussion further to the Greater Accra Regional Presbytery and at Abossey Okai, the then presbytery agreed to fund a 2500 Cedis ‘delegate meeting’. Elder J. E. K. Antiri, an educationist, was appointed as Mentor and Leader at this point.
The ‘Delegate Meeting’ was held at Accra Academy from 21st to 23rd August 1979 at Accra Academy. It was at this meeting that PENSA was formalized and an interim National Committee was set up. The purpose of the Committee was to plan a National Conference in 1980 where PENSA would be formally inaugurated and National Executives, elected.