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WCC ACCEPTS NINE NEW CHURCHES INTO MEMBERSHIP
04 May 1996 20:32:38
95334 WCC ACCEPTS NINE NEW CHURCHES INTO MEMBERSHIP
by Jerry L. Van Marter
GENEVA--At its Sept. 14-22 meeting here, the World Council of Churches
(WCC) Central Committee approved the applications of nine churches for
membership in the international ecumenical body. The new member churches
Eglise Baptiste Camerounaise (Native Baptist Church of Cameroon):
founded in 1845 by British Baptist missionaries; 55,000 members in 500
Kenya Evangelical Lutheran Church: founded by German and Swedish
Lutheran missionaries prior to World War I; 15,000 members in 72
Missao Evangelica Pentecostal de Angola (Evangelical Pentecostal
Mission of Angola): has been an associate member of the WCC since 1985;
Evangelical Reformed Church of Angola: founded in 1925 by
missionaries from England and Switzerland; 70,000 members and 120 pastors.
Uniting Reformed Church in Southern Africa: result of a 1994 merger
of the Dutch Reformed Mission Church and the Dutch Reformed Church in
Christian Church of East Timor: begun by American missionaries in
1976; 25,000 members, 15 ministers, 60 lay preachers and 84 congregations.
Protestant Church in Sabah, Malaysia: has been an associate member
of the WCC since 1975; 28,000 members in 360 congregations.
Jamaica Baptist Union: founded in 1849 after 75 years of missionary
activity by American and English missionaries; 36,800 members, 100 pastors
and 296 congregations.
Anglican Province of the Southern Cone (Argentina, Chile, Peru,
Bolivia, Paraguay, Uruguay): former dioceses of the Church of England that
formed their own church in 1992; total membership of 30,000.
For more information contact Presbyterian News Service
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), Louisville, KY 40202
phone 502-569-5504 fax 502-569-8073
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