The Bible Holiness Movement [Canada]

The Bible Holiness Movement [Canada]

Box 223, Postal Stn. A
Vancouver BC V6C 2M3
Canada

Attesting Officer
Wesley H. Wakefield
Bishop-General (International Leader)


Media Contact
Bishop-General, Evangelist Wesley H. Wakefield

49.28683, -123.1136199


The Bible Holiness Movement, organized in 1949 as an outgrowth of the city mission work of the late Pastor William James Elijah Wakefield, an early-day Salvation Army officer, has been headed since its inception by his son, Evangelist Wesley H. Wakefield, its Bishop-General.

It derives its emphasis on the original Methodist faith of salvation and scriptural holiness from the late Bishop R. C. Horner. It adheres to the common evangelical faith in the Bible, the Deity and the atonement of Christ. It stresses a personal experience of salvation for the repentant sinner, of being wholly sanctified for the believer and of the fullness of the Holy Spirit for effective witness.

Membership involves a life of Christian love and evangelistic and social activism. Members are required to totally abstain from liquor and tobacco. They may not attend popular amusements or join secret societies. Divorce and remarriage are forbidden. Similar to Wesley’s Methodism, members are, under some circumstances, allowed to retain membership in other evangelical church fellowships. Interchurch affiliations are maintained with a number of Wesleyan-Arminian Holiness denominations.

Year-round evangelistic outreach is maintained through open-air meetings, visitation, literature and other media. Noninstitutional welfare work, including addiction counseling, is conducted among minorities. There is direct overseas famine relief, civil rights action, environment protection and antinuclearism. The movement sponsors a permanent committee on religious freedom and an active promotion of Christian racial equality.

The movement has a world outreach with branches in the United States, India, Nigeria, Philippines, Ghana, Liberia, Cameroon, Kenya, Zambia, South Korea, Mulawi, and Tanzania. It also ministers to 89 countries in 42 languages through literature, radio and audiocassettes.


Full Communicants Average Attendance Other Members Total Inclusive Members Total Churches Membership Calculation Method
2010
482
9,930
511
993
19
2007
611
11,460
687
1,298
29
2004
521
11,460
625
1,146
26
2002
751
10,010
250
1,001
25
2001
724
19,200
236
960
21
1999
527
12,000
336
863
18
1998
728
0
143
871
18
1996
459
0
299
758
18
1995
360
0
480
840
18
1994
386
0
125
511
14
1993
616
0
309
925
16
1991
358
0
546
904
14
1990
428
0
260
688
29
1989
508
0
256
764
15
1988
621
0
245
866
39
1986
393
0
239
632
11
1984
447
0
287
734
41
1983
372
0
197
569
29
1982
388
0
150
538
36
1981
291
0
140
431
29
1980
231
0
183
414
23
1979
211
0
161
372
26
1978
210
0
99
309
22
1977
188
0
91
279
21
1976
158
0
74
232
17
Serving Churches Retired Other Service to the Church Total Clergy
2010
14
0
2
16
2007
15
0
2
17
2004
14
0
2
16
2002
14
0
0
14
2001
16
0
2
18
1999
14
0
2
16
1998
12
0
0
14
1996
12
0
0
14
1995
14
0
0
14
1994
13
0
0
14
1993
10
0
0
12
1991
6
0
0
1
1990
16
0
0
20
1989
7
0
0
11
1988
18
0
0
20
1986
6
0
0
10
1984
17
0
0
19
1983
12
0
0
12
1982
16
0
0
17
1981
10
0
0
16
1980
11
0
0
11
1979
10
0
0
16
1978
9
0
0
14
1977
7
0
0
11
1976
7
0
0
11
Total Schools Staff Pupils Total Individuals
2010
15
0
0
0
2007
25
0
0
0
2004
25
0
0
0
2002
24
0
0
0
2001
19
0
0
0
1999
20
0
0
0
1998
18
0
0
0
1996
18
0
0
0
1994
14
0
0
0
1993
20
0
0
0
Total Benevolences Total Financials Total Giving Local Expenses Method
2010
$27,018
$60,002
$32,984
2007
$121,346
$164,696
$43,330
2004
$219,077
$274,492
$55,714
2002
$229,190
$280,664
$51,474
2001
$184,460
$217,506
$33,046
1999
$225,149
$256,834
$31,685
1998
$273,856
$313,959
$40,103
1996
$199,866
$226,816
$27,946
1995
$205,273
$242,271
$36,998
1994
$162,769
$188,988
$26,219
1990
$147,630
$188,434
$40,804
1989
$152,505
$179,860
$27,355
1988
$89,327
$115,427
$26,100
1984
$49,400
$157,800
$108,400
1983
$46,801
$78,536
$31,735
1982
$54,587
$107,814
$53,227
1980
$29,382
$40,993
$11,611
1979
$21,440
$29,946
$8,506
1978
$23,707
$31,747
$8,040
1977
$24,764
$32,451
$7,687
1976
$16,182
$22,171
$5,989
1975
$13,845
$19,053
$5,208
1974
$12,236
$15,329
$3,093
1973
$8,721
$11,524
$2,803
1972
$7,343
$11,367
$4,024