Assemblies of Christ Int'l
Our Church History
The Assemblies of Christ Int'l is a Church jurisdiction that, although officially founded in 2023 by R.W. Deese, Phillip Burd, Emmanuel Julian, and Anastasius Omoke, is an extension of the ancient Historical Church. Apostle Paul referred to all the churches collectively during his day as "the Assemblies of Christ" (Romans 16:16).
In agreement with Apostle Paul, we have embraced the collective referent Assemblies of Christ as the most appropriate title for our association of churches. Not only are we connected to the early church through our Scriptural name, but we are also connected to the historical church through Apostolic Succession traced back to the original apostles, the four ecumenical creeds, and the sacraments.
Since our official opening in August 2023, we have seen miraculous growth. As of September 10, fifty (50) churches have officially connected with us. Our church has grown steadily and is proud of our rich history and heritage.
We are an Ancient-Modern expression of the One, Holy, Catholic, and Apostolic Church founded by Jesus Christ and His apostles.
Our unique blend of the Ancient Apostolic Faith with the powerful Pentecostal-Charismatic renewal movements of the last century has created a Living, Vibrant, and Passionate association of churches with strong historical roots.
Additionally, we believe that the ancient Orthodox canon of Scripture is the inspired word of God. We strive to live our lives by its teachings.
Because of our love for Scripture, the historical church, and sacraments, we believe these help to draw believers into a living and life-giving relationship with the Triune God. We are dedicated to spreading the love and message of Jesus Christ to all who are open to it.
We have blended the Ancient Apostolic Faith with the Pentecostal-Charismatic renewal movements of the last century ~ all designed to draw believers into a living and life-giving relationship with the Triune God! As such, we consider ourselves Orthodox-Pentecostal.
The term Orthodox in classical Christian usage refers to the set of doctrines that were believed by the early Church. These doctrines were formalized into creedal statements over a period of many centuries.
The term Pentecostal comes from the Greek word that means "fiftieth." Fifty days after the Feast of Passover, the Jews would celebrate the Feast of Weeks, also called Pentecost. For Christians, the Day of Pentecost is remembered because it was the first time that the Holy Spirit was given as a distinct Gift to believers, whereby each believer was given the ability to speak in languages they had never learned.
In the Assemblies of Christ, we fully embrace the Creedal statements as well as the availability of the Gift of the Holy Spirit for all believers.