In 2010 Ben Fulks from East Texas contacted David Hamrick with a request for a preacher training program to be established in the Volta Region of East Ghana. Ben explained that 19 village chiefs were requesting for a church of Christ be established in their village but preachers were few. David went with Ben Fulks and John Coleman to Ghana to participate in an evangelistic campaign and to survey the need for a preacher school. They baptized 485 people in the first four days of the campaign, most of whom were Muslim. It was immediately clear that there was a need to train more workers in the Volta Region. The Volta Bible College was established in 2011. It was established for the primary purpose of training men to preach the gospel. 52 acres of land were purchased for a farm project in an effort to make the school totally self supportive. The students participated in weekend evangelism and the campaigns continued each summer. Every year the result of evangelistic efforts have resulted in over 2,000 baptisms with between 15 t0 25 new congregations established.
The Government of Ghana took note of the success of the WBI extension school and made an offer that we could not refuse. They said if we would add a degree in Education they (Ghanaian Gov't.) would recognize the degree from WBI and pay our graduates to teach in the public school system. They will also be allowed to teach Bible in those schools. We quickly began efforts toward adding a department of Education to the curriculum. Immediately the good news spread to churches of Christ and individual brethren in America and the contributions started coming in. Three acres were purchased on a major road towards Dzodze for the building site for the new Volta Bible College. Thanks to the generosity of mission minded brethren the farm project is producing great dividends for the school and continues to increase in productivity.
David W. Hamrick
President World Bible Institute