Dag was born to Swiss mother Elisabeth and Ghanaian father Nathaniel Heward-Mills on May 14th, 1963. During his younger years, Dag enjoyed horse-riding and hanging out with friends.
Dag gave his life to Christ when he was about sixteen years old and under diligent mentorship, grew in the faith during his high school and university years.
He became a pastor at the age of twenty-five and was later formally ordained by Pastor Michael Bassett of the Victory Church in London, and subsequently consecrated as a Bishop by the International Ministerial Council of Great Britain.
“From today, you can teach…”
In 1988, during his final year of medical school, Dag was on a community health rotation program in a town called Suhum. Dag Heward-Mills (then Brother Dag) was praying in his room on his knees and resting his head on his bed, when he fell asleep.
He had left a message preached by Kenneth Hagin playing on repeat.
Dag later recounts, “At about 3 a.m., I was kneeling by the bed praying. I could see the tape recorder situated at the other end of the room. Then suddenly, something literally jumped out of the tape which was playing and moved into my belly.
I could feel it entering me. Then I heard a voice saying, “From today, you can teach.” Then I heard another voice, different to the first, that said, “I will prove it to you”. Upon his return to the church in Accra, Dag’s ministry began to change.
Today, we witness the tangible effects and undeniable proof of God’s calling on Bishop Dag Heward Mills’ life and the supernatural power behind those words, “From today, you can teach”.
ANAGKAZO BIBLE & MINISTRY TRAINING CENTER
A significant part of Dag Heward-Mills’ ministry involves the training and nurturing of pastors. It is in this spirit he has founded the Anagkazo Bible & Ministry Training Center (ABMTC).The ABMTC comprises an awe-inspiring state-of-the-art campus located in Mampong, Ghana. Many alumni of ABMTC have been known to advance far in ministry and build large churches.The campus also houses the “Library Of The Anointing”, a museum which features life-sized effigies of prominent men of God from different times in history.
Dag Heward-Mills holds the Give Thyself Wholly Conference several times a year, in different countries of the world, where he teaches and trains pastors and church- workers for many hours on subjects such as Loyalty & Disloyalty, Church Growth, Shepherding, The Art of Leadership, and The Anointing.
There are a plethora of testimonies of senior pastors, assistant pastors, church leaders, and church workers whose lives and ministries have been transformed by attending these conferences.
Church Planting Ministry
It does not take long after getting acquainted with the ministry of Dag Heward-Mills to learn that the planting and building of churches has been at the heart of Dag Heward-Mills’ ministry throughout the years.
He continually encourages pastors to plant churches all over the world and to actually build church buildings. The UD- OLGC, under the direction of Dag Heward-Mills has several hundred church buildings and cathedrals all over the world and has sent hundreds of missionaries to plant churches in the most remote areas of the world.
Over 30 million books by Dag Heward-Mills are currently in circulation worldwide. Translated into 53 languages and dialects, Dag Heward Mills’ books have revamped the lives of christians, leaders, and ministers of the Gospel everywhere.
With over 80 titles including bestsellers ‘Loyalty & Disloyalty’, ‘The Art of Leadership’, and ‘How You Can Preach Salvation’, Dag Heward-Mills has influenced, encouraged, and revitalized people all over the globe. Books written by Dag Heward-Mills are used as teaching material in several Bible schools and ministry-training centers.
The Healing Jesus Campaign initiative spearheaded by Evangelist Dag Heward-Mills is an international evangelistic outreach that holds large open-air campaigns in cities, towns, and villages across nations.
During these campaigns, Evangelist Dag preaches the gospel to many thousands of people and prays for the sick. Free salvation books are distributed, and during many of the campaigns, the locals receive free medical care from medical professionals under the Healing Jesus medical missions initiative.
By the grace of God, these campaigns are replete with signs and wonders: the blind see, the lame walk, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, and many medical complications including cancer disappear.
Through the Healing Jesus Campaign initiative, nearly 12 million people all over the world have received Jesus Christ into their hearts. Several campaigns are held in different countries every year.
Dag Heward-Mills has also founded charitable institutions, including a school for the blind, a hospital, and an orphanage. He has visited many prisons in several countries to share the message of God’s love, acceptance, and hope to the inmates.
He has also renovated many prisons in various poor countries. Every month, food is sent to the prison inmates in Accra, Ghana. Dag Heward-Mills founded the ‘Help The Helpless Charity’, an initiative to help the needy in accordance with Matthew 25.
THE FIRST LOVE CHURCH
Bishop Dag Heward-Mills currently pastors a young-people’s church called the First Love Church whose headquarters can be found in East Legon, Accra, Ghana. He has reiterated that he loves to shepherd people. In fact, this was his first love when he entered the ministry.
A few years ago, the Lord instructed Dag to “go back to his first love”, and Dag immediately took a radical decision to hand over the large denomination he had founded and move to a university campus to pastor young people.
Today, the First Love Church has branches in 36 countries across Africa, Europe, Australia and The Americas.
Dag Heward-Mills has been married to Adelaide for over 30 years . He is a father of four children and a grandfather of one.