In the 1970s, church services on the University of Ghana campus were held in the Hall chapels when school was in session. Whenever the university was on recess, campus residents either had to make their way into town on Sundays to worship or else put worship on hold until students returned for the next session. It seemed good to the four founding fathers (the late Prof. Alan Duthie, Rev. Joshua Kudadjie, a lay person at the time, Dr Frederick Phillips and Prof. Kwadzo Senanu) to establish a place on campus where Christians could gather together during the term as well as during the vacation. Their aim was to share fellowship and to encourage one another to put their Christian faith into action wherever they found themselves. They set out to make the exposition of the Word of God central to fellowship meetings, where the members would be taught from the Word so that its truth would fire them into action in conformity with the Word.
The four of them went from house to house in pairs, on foot, to ascertain how many campus residents would be disposed to meeting in a non-denominational setting, and to give advance notice to residents that a regular place of worship would soon be available on campus, and they would be informed when services began.
The “Legon Residents’ Congregation” was eventually launched at Easter 1978 (just before the referendum on Union Government). When the group started meeting, offerings were not taken. Over time, some members wanted the opportunity to give their substance in worship, and so provision was made for offerings, and consequently, the fellowship was compelled to open an account. Since they needed to provide their bankers with a Constitution, among other things, they drew up an official ‘Statement Of Faith And Practices’ – a document which emphasized inter alia, the Bible as the final authority in all matters of doctrine and conduct for the fellowship, and Jesus Christ as Saviour through personal faith in His death and resurrection. The election of a Committee of Elders (COE) to run the church was also introduced. Thus began the formalisation and formation of what is now LIC.
In selecting a name for the group, some favoured “congregation” over “church”, to forestall any future drift towards becoming a new denomination. The other question was whether the group was “non-denominational” or “interdenominational”. There was no intention, whatsoever, of following a bit of every denomination’s tradition in rotation, as was practised in some churches. In the end, the majority of members opted for Legon Interdenominational Church.
Initially, the work of preaching was shared mainly among the congregation. Many members of the congregation were uneasy about non-clerics presiding over the Lord’s Supper, and so the congregation always invited an ordained minister to conduct communion services. Other events persuaded them to look for an ‘Associate Pastor’ to join the Committee of Elders. Rev. Prof. K. A. Dickson consented to serve as pastor to the church.
Over the years, the church contacted the Methodist, Presbyterian and Evangelical Presbyterian churches to provide pastors to serve the LIC congregation. The longest serving pastor was Rev. Maxwell Aryee, who served for 12 years. As the church grew, the need to officiate weddings, funerals and other occasions grew, and it became clear that the workload was too heavy for one person. On the 6th of March 2011, LIC ordained its first pastors – Rev. Yaw Boamah and Rev. Agnes Phillips, to serve in a full time capacity.
The church used meet in the Legon Hall chapel, and then moved to its current location (behind the Biochemistry Department) in 1998. Services were held in Meeting Room 1 till the Sanctuary was dedicated in December 2004. Today, LIC has the evolved from a church of 4 Legon residents into a city-wide church with many of its members having no official links with the University. Members come from as far afield as Kasoa and Weija, in the West, Lashibi and Spintex Road in the East, Pokuase and Ofankor in the North and Dansoman and Korle-Bu in the South. LIC has become the church of preference for many internationals on and around campus, with some coming from as far away as Akropong. LIC continues to grow, and continues to find ways in which it can make a positive, godly impact on the lives of its members and in the communities it serves.