Founder /. Mercy Amba Oduyoye
Mercy Amba Ewudziwa was born to Revd. and Mrs Yamoah at Asamankese, Ghana, in 1933 during the harvest season. She was educated in Methodist Schools at Asamankese, Achinakrom, Effiduase and Mmofraturo, Kumasi. She went to Achimota School and then to Kumasi College of Technology for teacher training. She studied Theology at the University of Ghana and Cambridge University, UK. She is a certified teacher who has taught in several schools in Ghana and Nigeria. In 1968, she married Modupe Oduyoye, a Nigerian Christian publisher.
Mercy is the first woman in Africa to obtain a University degree in Theology and with this training, she taught at several Universities in Africa – Ibadan, Cape Town and Nairobi. She has served as a visiting Professor in the Netherlands, South Africa and the USA. In the USA, she also taught classes and gave talks in institutions such as San Francisco Theological Seminary, Union Theological Seminary, Harvard, Princeton, Yale and many other Theological institutions as a commencement speaker.