Apostolic Christian Churches of America

Apostolic Christian Churches of America

3420 N. Sheridan Rd.
Peoria, IL 61604
United States

Attesting Officer
Elder William R. Schlatter
Secretary- National Corporation


Media Contact
Secretary., William R. Schlatter

40.7295898, -89.6023532


The Apostolic Christian Churches of America was founded in the early 1830s in Switzerland by Samuel Froehlich, a young divinity student who had experienced a religious conversion based on the pattern found in the New Testament. The church, known then as Evangelical Baptist, spread to surrounding countries. A Froehlich associate, Elder Benedict Weyeneth, established the church's first American congregation in 1847 in upstate New York. In America, where the highest concentration today is in the Midwest farm belt, the church became known as Apostolic Christian.
Church doctrine is based on a literal interpretation of the Bible, the infallible Word of God. The church believes that a true faith in Christ's redemptive work at Calvary is manifested by a sincere repentance and conversion. Members strive for sanctification and separation from worldliness as a consequence of salvation, not as a means to obtain it. Security in Christ is believed to be conditional based on faithfulness. Uniform observance of scriptural standards of holiness are stressed. Holy Communion is confined to members of the church. Male members are willing to serve in the military, but do not bear arms. The holy kiss is practiced and women wear head coverings during prayer and worship.
Doctrinal authority rests with a council of elders, each of whom serves as a local elder (bishop). Both elders and ministers are chosen from local congregations, do not attend seminary and serve without compensation. Sermons are delivered extemporaneously as led by the Holy Spirit, using the Bible as a text.


Full Communicants Average Attendance Other Members Total Inclusive Members Total Churches Membership Calculation Method
2010
12,850
23,180
0
12,850
93
2009
12,850
23,180
0
12,850
90
2008
12,900
23,400
0
12,900
87
2007
12,880
23,400
0
12,880
87
2006
12,840
23,375
0
12,840
87
2004
12,880
23,600
0
12,880
86
2003
12,780
0
0
12,780
86
2002
12,890
24,400
0
12,890
91
1999
12,800
24,180
0
12,800
91
1998
12,700
0
0
12,700
89
1997
12,538
0
0
12,538
89
1996
12,200
0
0
12,200
91
1989
0
0
0
11,450
80
1988
11,240
0
60
11,300
80
1986
10,916
0
6,000
16,916
80
1985
11,400
0
11,200
22,600
84
1984
11,300
0
11,150
22,450
83
1983
11,173
0
10,000
21,173
82
1981
10,500
0
0
9,500
81
1980
10,672
0
0
10,672
81
1977
9,888
0
8,000
17,888
80
1976
9,500
0
5,000
14,500
78
1973
9,500
0
0
9,500
78
1971
9,160
0
0
9,160
77
1969
9,100
0
0
9,100
75
Serving Churches Retired Other Service to the Church Total Clergy
2010
336
125
0
461
2009
335
118
0
453
2008
332
108
0
440
2007
330
106
0
436
2006
325
99
0
424
2004
315
105
0
420
2003
311
0
0
412
2002
312
90
0
402
1999
300
87
0
387
1998
301
74
0
375
1989
300
0
0
340
1988
290
0
0
329
1986
269
0
0
347
1985
273
0
0
296
1984
262
0
0
285
1983
211
0
0
290
1981
259
0
0
279
1980
247
0
0
270
1977
182
0
0
243
1976
37
0
0
42
1973
0
0
0
273
1971
0
0
0
273
1969
220
0
0
230
1968
206
0
0
216
1967
35
0
0
203
Total Schools Staff Pupils Total Individuals
2010
89
600
5,775
6,375
2009
88
600
5,775
6,375
2008
87
600
5,730
6,330
2007
87
600
5,720
6,320
2006
83
600
5,513
6,113
2004
84
600
5,740
6,340
2003
84
0
0
6,280
2002
90
600
6,050
6,650
1999
88
600
6,224
6,824
1998
89
600
6,484
7,084
1997
89
0
0
6,480
1996
91
0
0
6,500
1988
80
0
0
7,000
1986
79
0
0
6,197
1973
77
0
0
9,160
1971
77
0
0
8,950
1969
80
0
0
8,400
1968
80
0
0
8,085
1967
75
0
0
7,551
1966
72
0
0
7,875
1965
72
420
7,358
7,778
1964
68
420
7,328
7,748
1963
64
420
7,237
7,657
1962
64
420
7,237
7,657
1961
64
420
7,237
7,657
Total Benevolences Total Financials Total Giving Local Expenses Method
1917
$0
$29,893
$0