A High Court at Ho, in the Volta Region, has ordered the Global Evangelical Church to return all properties it seized from the Evangelical Presbyterian Church of Ghana (E.P. Church).
The court, presided over by Justice Patrick Baye, directed that chapels and manses, including those at Dzelukope, Keta, Anloga, Dabala, Akatsi, Teshie-Nungua and Obuasi which are currently being occupied by the Global Evangelical Church, should be returned to the E.P. Church.
The Global Evangelical Church and the Evangelical Presbyterian church had engaged in litigation, which had, at times, led to physical assault among themselves over the property.
The fight between the two churches began after the Global Evangelical Church broke away from the E.P Church, due to disagreements over the terms of office of the Moderator, and doctrinal differences about 26 years ago.
The Global Evangelical Church took possession of some of the chapels after breaking away.
A group of members of the Evangelical Presbyterian Church, called “Defenders of the Faith of the E.P Church” filed a suit at the Ho High Court on August 19, 2015, seeking an order for recovery of all the property.
Leader of the group, Fred Goba-Tengey, told Joy News after the ruling that the E.P Church was happy that “the Almighty God has ruled.”
He said it was the hope of the E.P Church that the Global Evangelical Church would obey the orders of the court.