In 1986, American Missionaries Gary and Harriet Ham observed that their teenage sons did not understand the messages and the proceedings of normal services in church. They both wondered why and sought to prayerfully seek a solution to their observation. They eventually came up with the idea of organizing Sunday School for teenagers. They thought of doing it in a way that it will appeal to their group. The Teenage group thrived for a while but the need to become more formal became a necessity. The couple now sought the advice and permission of the Archbishop Most Rev Prof. Benson Idahosa JP. The Archbishop gave his blessings and the group was named Agape Force.
The young group grew steadily as they organized picnics, bible and academic quiz, games and other activities that help facilitate fellowship. That was mainly Faith Arena in the years 1986-1988. Agape Force started in Miracle Center in 1986 before C.G.M. Headquarters moved to Faith Arena that same year.
The time then came for the Missionaries to go back to America. The question was: who will now be the new leader? Deacon Ogbe Oviaesu was asked to take over; he however requested to be allowed to remain with the children’s Department. The Archbishop commissioned three young ministers namely – Rev. Humphery Areghan, Rev. Francis Umemezia and Rev. Festus Akhimien. As God would have it, Rev Humphery Arheghan took up the mantle of leadership in the year 1988. He started a teenage executive and got the group recognized in the Church Council and Constitution. He was named the National Director of Agape Force and got the group established in the main branches of Church of God Mission nationwide.
In 1991 Agape Force held its first National Camp meeting and more other camp meetings were organized in the preceding years (the first camp meeting was held in 1991 with less than 100 campers). In the year 1993, he formed a National Leadership that consisted of Zonal Coordinators to oversee the branches from Headquarters to the grassroots.
In 1997, Rev. Humphrey Arheghan had to travel for studies outside the country and he handed the leadership of Agape Force to Dcn. Daniel Okhionkpamwonyi in the interim. Dcn. Daniel managed the affairs of the ministry alongside Rev. Bada Adebayo from 1998 – 1999.
Upon his return from studies in 1999, Rev. Humphrey Arheghan continued as the National Director of Agape Force working with Rev. Bada Adebayo as Deputy and other existing executives to ensure that the ministry continued its mandate. This leadership ran from 1999 – 2001.
In 2001, the Archbishop, appointed Rev. Bada Adebayo as the Agape Force National Director and he led the ministry from 2001 to 2007.
In 2007, Rev. Humphrey Arheghan was reappointed by the Arch. Bishop, Rev. Margaret Idahosa as the Agape Force National Director. Rev. Humphrey re-jiggled the National Executive and began countless visits to the various zones and Bishoprics. At this time, the Agape Force Regional structure was used which had the Northern Region, Delta Zone, Lagos Zone, Edo Zone, South-South Zone etc. The goal of the zones was to hold zonal & regional camp meetings outside the National Camp meetings as well as groom and train Agape Force leaders in the Zones and Bishoprics. During this period, Rev. Bada Adebayo served as the Deputy National Director.
In 2015, Rev. Humphrey Arheghan handed over to Rev. Bada Adebayo as the interim National Director to be supported by Engr. Stanley Hart. This leadership as an interim was short-lived as the Arch. Bishop, Rev. Margaret Benson Idahosa appointed Rev. Akan Sebastian in 2016 as the National Director to Agape Force and Engr. Stanley Hart as the Deputy National Director. This appointment still stands till date (2020).
In keeping with the mandate given to him by the Archbishop, Rev. Akan Sebastian introduced two brands in Agape Force, these are: “When Teens Pray” and “Saving The Next Generation”. The two brands were made fully functional in the year 2018 with a twice-yearly Prayer gathering across all Agape Force Bishoprics & Zones nationwide.