Bible Way Church of Our Lord Jesus Christ World Wide, Inc.

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Denominational Profile

History

Church of our Lord Jesus Christ of the Apostolic Faith, Inc.

split into  Bible Way Church of Our Lord Jesus Christ World Wide, Inc. (1957)

 

The Bible Way Church of Our Lord Jesus Christ World Wide is a predominantly black Oneness Pentecostal church founded in 1957 by Smallwood E. Williams and former members of the Church of Our Lord Jesus Christ of the Apostolic Faith.

Membership Data

Year Clergy Churches Members
1957 65 65 15,000
1958 120 115 15,000
1959 - 130 25,000
1960 135 125 25,000
1961 160 140 35,000
1965 165 155 45,000
1967 353 343 25,000
1968 1,000 347 25,010
1969 1,008 347 26,010
1970 350 350 30,000

Data were taken from the National Council of Churches' Historic Archive CD and recent editions of the Yearbook of American and Canadian Churches. Denomination descriptions provided by Dr. J. Gordon Melton, Director, Institute for the Study of American Religion (ISAR). [More information on data sources]