Evangelical Wesleyan Church

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Evangelical Wesleyan Church
ClassificationMethodism
OrientationHoliness movement
PolityConnexionalism
Origin1963
Separated fromFree Methodist Church (1963)
Merger ofEvangelical Wesleyan Church of North America and the Midwest Holiness Association
SeparationsWesleyan Church (1968)
Congregations27

The Evangelical Wesleyan Church, formerly known as the Evangelical Wesleyan Church of North America, is a Methodist denomination in the conservative holiness movement.

Its creation was the result of a schism with the Free Methodist Church in 1963.[1] In 1969, it merged with the Midwest Holiness Association, which had also left the Free Methodist Church.[1][2]

The Evangelical Wesleyan Church was founded with a commitment to uphold the doctrine and standards of traditional Methodism.[3][4] It has twenty-seven congregations.[2]

The Church publishes a periodical known as The Earnest Christian and its seminary is the Evangelical Wesleyan Bible Institute (EWBI) in Cooperstown, Pennsylvania.[2] Much of the denomination's literature is printed by LWD Publishing.[3]

It holds a denomination-wide camp meeting at Summit Camp in Mansfield, Pennsylvania and its General Conference at Camp Nysted in Nysted, Nebraska.[5][6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Kostlevy, William (3 August 2009). Historical Dictionary of the Holiness Movement. Scarecrow Press. p. 31. ISBN 9780810863187.
  2. ^ a b c Melton, J. Gordon (2003). Encyclopedia of American Religions. Gale. p. 429. ISBN 9780787663841.
  3. ^ a b Evangelical Wesleyan Bible Institute Handbook. Cooperstown: LWD Publishing. 2018.
  4. ^ Lewis, James R. (2002). The Encyclopedia of Cults, Sects, and New Religions. Prometheus Books, Publishers. p. 356. ISBN 9781615927388.
  5. ^ "Brevities". Titusville Herald. 27 June 1981. Retrieved 17 July 2018.
  6. ^ "Only by gravel road can you reach Nysted's old Lutheran church". The Grand Island Independent. 20 March 2003. Retrieved 17 July 2018. Once a part of the Danish organization, the complex currently belongs to the Evangelical Wesleyan Methodist Camp organization, which conducts summer camps at the location.

Further reading[edit]

  • A Catechism Prepared Especially for the Members of the Evangelical Wesleyan Church. Cooperstown: LWD Publishing. 2014.
  • Evangelical Wesleyan Bible Institute Handbook. Cooperstown: LWD Publishing. 2018.