Rick & Donna Whitcomb
Founders | Agape Gospel Mission Worldwide
Rick and Donna Whitcomb pioneered the work of Agape Gospel Mission in Africa as newlyweds in 1983. They began the ministry by conducting open-air outreaches in southern Nigeria. The Whitcombs also went house to house witnessing, winning souls to Christ and ministering to the needy. Through these efforts, the first AGM church was launched in February, 1984.
To facilitate the planting of more churches, Rick and Donna began training African pastors in April, 1984. Students were taught in the classroom and given opportunity to serve in the church. Soon, AGM began to multiply rapidly, as trained pastors were sent forth to plant new churches.
Today, Rick and Donna Whitcomb continue to oversee the ministry’s worldwide outreach from their bases in Accra, Ghana and Manassas, Virginia, USA.
Vision & Mission
Agape Gospel Mission is an international ministry reaching the world with God’s Love by evangelizing the lost, empowering the Church, and embracing the poor.
EVANGELIZING THE LOST…
through open-air outreaches, personal witnessing, church planting and broadcast ministries. Through these efforts Muslims and idol worshippers give their lives to Jesus Christ. New believers are grounded in the Word at one of the many New Testament churches planted by AGM.
EMPOWERING THE CHURCH…
through Bible colleges and leadership seminars. Three residential Bible Colleges and over 67 church-based Bible schools are equipping leaders for fruitful ministry. Crosswalk seminars bring training, revival, and unity to thousands of African church leaders serving on the front-lines.
EMBRACING THE POOR…
through medical outreaches, hospital visits, and the Agape Children’s Home. Medical teams conduct outreaches in rural areas where there is no access to proper medical care. Ministry teams make visits to local hospitals to pray for the sick. Orphaned children are rescued out of terrible situations and brought into a loving environment. They are given medical treatment, fed, clothed, housed, educated, and cared for by loving Christians.
Statement of Faith
- We believe the Bible to be the inspirired, the only infallable, authoritative Word of God.
- We believe that there is one God, eternally existent in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
- We believe in the deity of our Lord Jesus Christ, in His virgin birth, in His sinless life, in His miracles, in His vicarious and atoning death through His shed blood, in His bodily resurrection, in His ascension to the right hand of the Father, and in His personal return in power and glory.
- We believe that for the salvation of lost and sinful man, regeneration by the Holy Spirit is absolutely essential.
- We believe in the present ministry of the Holy Spirit by whose indwelling the Christian is enabled to live a godly life.
- We believe in the resurrection of both the saved and the lost; they that are saved unto the resurrection of life and they that are lost unto the resurrection of damnation.
- We believe in the spiritual unity of believers in our Lord Jesus Christ.
Agape House New Testament Church
Our goal is to make disciples, not just decisions. To help new converts get grounded in the Word and on the path to fruitfulness in Christ, our Mission plants New Testament churches. Together with our Bible College graduates, AGM has helped launch over 150 new churches in seven nations. Our newest church is the Agape House New Testament Church. Located in the East Legon area of Accra, Ghana, this church has seen abundant growth since the official launch in September 2007. The church conducts outreaches in open market areas and college campuses. The vibrant worship and dance teams, youth group, and College & Career Fellowship have brought many people into a first-time or recommitted relationship with Jesus.
Agape Association of Bible Schools
AABS is empowering local churches to train their members in God’s Word by assisting them in establishing their own Bible School. We provide an entire two year Bible curriculum, as well as on-going training to the pastor to assist him in administering the program. Currently over 67 schools are operating in four nations through this dynamic outreach.
Crosswalk seminars are designed to bring revival to Church leaders so that they can in turn bring revival to their churches. Each seminar consists of four days of intensive ministry to the leaders through teaching, prayer, and personal ministry. Conducted in major cities around Africa, Crosswalk Seminars bring training and encouragement to men and women who serve on the front lines of ministry. In addition to ministering to the Ministers, the Seminars work to build unity amongst leaders and churches. Denominational and ethnic barriers are broken down, offended brothers are reunited, and the spiritual atmosphere of the city is changed as Christ’s prayer for unity is answered at Crosswalk Seminars!
Agape Children’s Home
Your sponsorship of $35 per month could be the difference between life and death for a child just like Freegate Zormelo.
The youngest of three siblings, Freegate lost his father when he was two years old, and his mother just a year later. It is said his father died from a curse. His mother died after falling ill.
The place Freegate called home had no electricity or running water. He did not go to school, but spent his days scavenging for food. Witchcraft, known as Black Magic or Juju, is commonplace in Freegate’s village, and he had never even heard the name of Jesus before coming to the Home. Freegate’s future seemed bleak, but God had a plan to redeem him. After just a few days at the Agape Children’s Home, Freegate’s fear turned into joy, and he has truly found freedom in Christ.
You can play a vital role in rescuing African orphans. Your sponsorship of $35 per month will go directly to the feeding, housing, schooling, and medical care of an orphaned child. For more information or to sponsor a child, please contact us.
Agape Academy International
AAI is co-exsists with the Agape Children’s Home on the ACH campus. We’ve opened our doors to the community to bring in children from all over Accra for a world class education. In addition, AAI sponsors children local to the neighborhood in which the campus resides.
Revelation Media Ministry
RMM is a television and online broadcast of the Agape House New Testament Church service. Many people have come to know Jesus Christ through our TV and online ministry. If you’d like to know more visit the RMM website.