Illinois District Council History


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There is no record of the beginning of the Illinois District Council. However, it can be safely assumed that the Illinois District Council was formed during the earliest years of the beginning of the Pentecostal Assemblies of the World, organizing probably between 1914 or 1915. It is evident from this record that Illinois has played a pivotal role throughout the history of the PAW.

Year Explanation
1907

PAW held its first recorded meeting in Portland Oregon

 
1911-1918

PAW Headquarters in Los Angeles (1911)

Headquarter moved during these years to:

Portland, Oregon

St. Louis, Missouri

1911

G. T. Haywood joins the P.A.W.

Chicago 1914

PAW began organizing Councils

1915

Apostolic Faith Church (Chicago, IL) founded under Elder A. R. Schooler 

Soon after, Apostolic Faith Church was given to P.A.W. General Secretary G.T Haywood for oversight

1911

PAW merged with General Apostolic Assembly. Headquarters was moved to Indianapolis, IN

1919

PAW Incorporated

John Holly saved under ministry of A. R. Schooler and became a member of the PAW

1920

PAW Letterhead includes the following as officers:

L. C. Hall – Zion City, IL

Earl D. Hall – Mt. Vernon, IL

A.R. Schooler- Founder of Apostolic Faith Church

(Chicago)
1920

O.D. Sheriff (Chicago) mentioned as present in the 1920 PAW meeting

1921

John Holly ordained as a minister in the PAW (Youngest elder ordained – 24 years old)

1922

Morgan Park Apostolic Church (Chicago, IL) held revival

1923

PAW title of Executive Elder changed to District Elder

A delegation from Illinois is mentioned in the minutes of the 1923 PAW meeting

1924

PAW Convention held in Chicago – Included in the minutes are the names of:

    Earl D. Hill – Centralia, IL

    John Holly – Chicago, IL

    Homer White – Decatur, IL

    A. R. Schooler – elected as a presbyter

1924

Racial split occurred in this convention

1924

Elder John Holly and Elder G. T. Harewood appointed co-pastors of Apostolic Faith Church (Chicago, IL) by G. T. Haywood

1925

The Illinois District Council (IDC) was incorporated as the Sixth Episcopal District under the charter of the Pentecostal Assemblies of the World. 

Episcopal governance begins in the PAW (1924-1925)

       Bishop Haywood elected – First Presiding Bishop

       Board of Bishops created

      A.F. Varnell (Vandalia, IL) elected among the first Bishops

       Karl Smith became General Secretary


January, 1925 – PAW reorganized and chartered in Indianapolis

1926-1928

National Sunday School (N.S.S.) started (1926)

Elder St. Clair Booker (Chicago, IL) helps organize N.S.S. – 1926

1928

PAW Convention held in Chicago

1930

IDC Sunday School started

1932

PAW again reorganized

1933

National Young People started 

National Women’s Federation started

1945

IDC Women’s Auxiliary started

1948

National Home Missions started

1952

National Minister’s Wives started

Bishops

Bishop S. N. Hancock, 1925 – 1957

Bishop John S. Holly, 1957-1976

Bishop Arthur M. Brazier, 1976-2007

Bishop Charles E. Davis, 2007- 2014

Bishop Horace E. Smith, 2015 - Present

IDC Chairmen

Arthur M. Brazier

O.D. Akines

Robert Baggett

Charles E. Davis

Cornelius Southern

Horace E. Smith

Edward T. McGhee

Freddy L. Hill, Jr.

Dr. Rose Jackson

Charles L. Reid II

David C. Kay

Yolanda M. Hunt

Resources

The Bishops of the Pentecostal by Bishop Morris E. Golder
Christian Outlook, Heritage Edition, February 1992
Christian Outlook, “In Remembrance of Our Fathers, February 2002
A Definitive History of the Pentecostal Assemblies of the World (Volume 1) by J. Laverne Tyson
History of the Pentecostal Assemblies of the World, Inc., Bishop Morris E. Golder, 2002 revised edition
The Life and Works of Bishop Garfield Thomas Haywood by Bishop Morris E. Golder

DOCUMENTS FROM HISTORIES OF VARIOUS IDC AUXILIARIES
History of the Missionary and Women’s Auxiliary of the IDC
IDC Sunday School 1985 History
IDC Sunday School – Reflection by Sister Marie Burrell and Jeanne Lewis

2005 HISTORY COMMITTEE:
District Elder Freddy L. Hill, Chairman
Elder Desmond Clemons
Dr. Rosa Sailes


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