Mensa Otabil, Founder and General Overseer, International Central Gospel Church
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Founder and General Overseer

Local Address: Ghana
International Central Gospel Church
14813 Silver Ash Ct.
Burtonsville, Maryland 20866
United States

Company Description: The International Central Gospel Church - ICGC - is an Evangelical, Charismatic Christian Church. It was officially inaugurated as a church on the 26 th of February...   more

Employment History

  • Founder and Chancellor
    Central University College
  • Chief Executive Officer and Consultant
    Otabil and Associates
  • President
    Living Word School of Ministry
  • General Overseer
    International Central Gospel

Board Memberships and Affiliations


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Web References
Our ship is going down; new ..., 14 Oct 2014 [cached]
Our ship is going down; new leadership response needed - Otabil
The founder of the International Central Gospel Church, Pastor Dr Mensah Otabil has called for a new leadership response to the national wellbeing of Ghanaians.
According to him, it was only through such a move that the economic crisis currently confronting Ghana could be averted.
In a message delivered at the Festival of Ideas 2014 in Accra on Thursday, Pastor Otabil said "we cannot continue partying and we cannot assume that things will get better. We have to act intentionally, decisively and methodically."
He said as people who are players in the national life, whether as pastors, educators, finance people, "we can't afford to be perplexed and so overwhelmed by what we hear, we see, that, we become frozen in action and we do nothing."
The theologian and influential motivational speaker put his message across in a playback of the famous 1912 Titanic story and gave an account of how three captains of three different ships, the Titanic, Californian and Capethia, reacted when the Titanic was sinking.
He said the captain of the Titanic, Edward John Smith who had a brilliant career and had never had an accident was so confident of the projections about the ship that it was unsinkable, and so did not go through all the safety and evacuation routines before sailing.
Pastor Otabil said when the ship hit an iceberg, even though it was a shock, the captain thought it was a minor incident and so there was a delayed response.
He said because they did not plan, when the ship started collapsing, they didn't know what to do so there was a haphazard evacuation that led to massive loss of lives.
He recounted that at the time the titanic was sinking, the Californian was nearby but when they saw the SOS messages, the captain thought the titanic couldn't sink and instead of moving to save lives, he assumed they were in a celebratory mood. And even when the lights were going down, they thought the ship was moving away and was on course and so did nothing.
Pastor Otabil said the third ship, the Capethia, which was even further away interpreted the signals correctly, turned around and travelled quickly at great risk through the iceberg to save lives.
He said the captain of the Capethia whilst speeding made arrangements for all the emergencies that would be needed and got his crew ready for the assignment.
They took four hours and when they got there, the titanic had sunk for two hours but they were able to rescue 710 people, "because he was a leader who responded quickly and knew what to do at that time."
Pastor Otabil said in all three scenarios, "we see three kinds of leaders that can emerge in a crisis."
Pastor Otabil said instead of assuming things would be alright it would be better to come to the reality that things could get worse, and if they do, what do we do?
He said on the night of great tragedy when several hundred died, hundreds were also saved.
Listen to Pastor Otabil in the attached 15-minute audio below
Dr. Mensa ..., 7 June 2014 [cached]
Dr. Mensa Otabil
Dr. Mensa Otabil is a Pastor, Educator, Entrepreneur and Consultant. He is the Founder and General Overseer of the International Central Gospel Church with its network of local churches, Multifaceted Ministries and Initiatives in Ghana other parts of Africa, Europe and the United States.
Dr. Otabil is the Founder and Chancellor of Ghana's premier private university; Central University College, Chief Executive Officer and Consultant of Otabil and Associates; an Executive and leadership growth consultancy. Currently he serves on the board of Kings University College, National Peace Council, Starwin Limited, Institute of Economic Affairs and Central University College.
News & Announcements - First Baptist Church of Lincoln Gardens, 14 Sept 2009 [cached]
Dr. Mensa Otabil of Ghana, West Africa, will be serving as guest preacher on Sunday at the First Baptist Church of Lincoln Gardens.
Otabil, the founder and chancellor of The Central University College in Ghana and CEO of Otabil and Associates, an executive and leadership growth consultancy group, will speak at the 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. services.
CUC Board of Regents, 10 June 2011 [cached]
Dr Mensa Otabil Chairman
"The people who sit in darkness have seen a great light - Matthew 4 : 16 (Opening Night - Dr. Otabil)
2009, The Year of the Supernatural - Dr. Otabil
"Be a good example wherever you are" - Dr. Otabil
"Live like Children of God" - Dr. Otabil
Addressing the graduands, the General Overseer of the International Central Gospel Church (ICGC) and the President of the Living Word School of Ministry (LWSM), Rev. Dr. Mensa Otabil called on young ministers of the gospel to be committed to servicing others.
He posited that the calling of God upon the graduands by itself does not make them ready for effective ministry. They must necessarily go through training to prepare themselves for ministry.
He therefore prayed that what they had studied over the period would eventually help them to be useful in the Lord's vineyard. He also advised them to put into practice what they have learnt. The heart of a servant and the impact one should make on society are the two requirements for effective ministry, Dr. Otabil advised.
He cited David in the Bible as an example, adding that after he had killed Goliath and had become popular, he went back to the same job he was doing. He therefore entreated them to serve God with all knowledge, understanding and excellence since they have received all that it takes for one to become a better servant.
"Your life must make an impact on somebody's life. Somebody must become a better person because of you", he noted.
Dr. Otabil urged the graduands to be a people of service who would make an impact.
On his part, the Guest Speaker for the occasion, Rev Dr. Kwasi Addo Sampong, a Senior lecturer at the Central University College (CUC) implored the graduands not to let anyone or anything discourage them. He also urged them to set good examples for others to emulate.
"You have been trained to be scholarly in your approach to the world, and yet practical and compassionate in your approach to ministry. You have been trained to be a light where there is darkness and also use one ear to listen to God and the other ear to listen to your community", he added.
Rev Dr. Sampong also called on the graduands to pay attention to their ministry, gifts and the doctrines of Christ, adding that if they do these things, they would be relevant, effective and efficient ministers ready to confront the issues of the 21st century.
This year, the ministry graduated one hundred students, comprising sixty certificate students and forty diploma students from different denominational backgrounds.
The graduands were later commissioned by Dr. Otabil as he prayed that God would increase their capacity in wisdom, knowledge and understanding to serve their generation better.
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