Several studies have shown that cytotoxic T lymphocytes (CTL) require CD4 + Th1 epitopes to generate strong immune responses to intracellular pathogens. However, not much is known about Ehrlichia ruminantium epitopes, particularly those that can be considered potential candidates for inclusion in a multi-epitope vaccine. In order to identify CD4+ Th1 epitopes that induce IFNγ, a number of proteins previously identified as immunogenic were first screened to determine if they induce cellular immunity in tick infected immune sheep PBMC. Significant IFN-γ production and other Th1 cytokines were evident for 10 recombinant proteins in all sheep tested. Secondly, peptides (n = 246) derived from the top 10 E. ruminantium vaccine candidate proteins were assayed using enzyme linked immunospot (ELISPOT) assay, quantitative real-time PCR and flow cytometry. Of the 246 peptides, 23 peptides, Erum0660 (p0660-42), Erum1150 (p1150-18, p1150-19), Erum2540 (p2540-6, p2540-16, p2540-19, p2540-20, p2540-21), Erum5420 (p5420-13, p5420-14), Erum7140 (p7140-6, p7140-7, p7140-12, p7140-13, p7140-20), Erum7320 (p7320-8, p7320-9, p7320-21), Erum7350 (p7350-9), Erum7360 (p7360-8), Erum7620 (p7620-2, p7620-12) and Erum8010 (p8010-8) were identified that stimulate the best and different cell mediated immune responses. Amino acid sequences of these peptides except for p7140-12, p7140-13, p7140-20, and p7350-9 were conserved between 13 different local strains. These peptides could efficiently induce memory CD4+ T cells to rapidly proliferate and significantly increase IFN-γ production in immune sheep PBMC. The upregulation of pro-inflammatory cytokines, which include, IL-1α, IL-2, IL-12p40, TNF-α, IFN-γ, inducible nitric oxide synthase (iNOS) and granulocyte-macrophage colony stimulating factor (GM-CSF) was also detected. Our results show that these peptides could serve as promising candidates for a multi-epitope vaccine against E. ruminantium.