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Brief History

The Pentecostal Assemblies of Jesus Christ, Inc. is a continuation of the great revival that began on the day of Pentecost at Jerusalem, A.D. 33, and is founded upon the foundation of the Apostles and Prophets, Jesus Christ Himself being the Chief cornerstone (Acts 2:1-42; Eph. 2:19-20).

Various groups throughout the country went by different names, trying and striving to promote the gospel of Jesus Christ. In the year 1931, the Pentecostal Assemblies of the World (P.A.W.) and the Apostolic Churches of Jesus Christ merged together forming the Pentecostal Assemblies of Jesus Christ (P.A.J.C.).

In the year 1945, the P.A.J.C. and the Pentecostal Churches, Inc. (P.C.I.) merged together, forming what is now called the United Pentecostal Church International (U.P.C.I.). From 1945 to approximately August 1946 this continued. Then, a group of brethren who became dissatisfied with the newly formed organization revived the old charter of the P.A.J.C. and continued on. 

In the Spring of 1948, the Churches of the Lord Jesus Christ met with the brethren of the P.A.J.C. and proposed to merge, which was accomplished in August 1948. At that time, a proposal was issued to the new secretary, J. Frank Wilson, to make an amendment that both charters be dropped. This action was never taken, and both charters lay idle until the reviving of the charter came about forming the Assemblies of Jesus Christ (which later went on to form the Assemblies of the Lord Jesus Christ in 1952).

The old charter of the P.A.J.C. again lay idle until the year 1955. Then a group of ministers led by Bishop Carl Angle (Nashville, TN), Bishop Ray Cornell (Cleveland, OH) and Bishop C.B. Gillespie (Fairmont, WV) went into the state of Ohio and took out a charter known as the P.A.J.C., Inc., which is still chartered there until this present day. Currently, the P.A.J.C., Inc. is divided into two districts, the Midwestern and the Northeastern, with churches and ministers located in Ohio, West Virginia, and Maryland.

The Pentecostal Assemblies of Jesus Christ, Inc. is Apostolic in doctrine and teaching, and utilizes the Bible as our sole guide book. 


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