Congregational Holiness Church

We BelieveThe Life Story of Rev. B. F. DuncanMy Earthly PilgrimageVision Caster

We Believe [2nd ed.]. Griffin, GA: Congregational Holiness Church, 2003.

The Life Story of Rev. B. F. Duncan, 1874-1949 [rev. ed.]. Griffin, GA: Congregational Holiness Church, 2004.

My Earthly Pilgrimage, by Cullen L. Hicks. Augusta, GA: Augusta Printing Center, 2004.

Vision Caster: The Story of Hugh B. Skelton, by E. Amelia Billingsley. Cleveland, TN: Pathway Press, 2000.

The Congregational Holiness Church (CHC) ( made its entrance onto the Pentecostal scene in 1921, resulting from a disagreement within the Pentecostal Holiness Church (PHC) over the role of medicine in divine healing. Many early Pentecostals, including PHC leaders, eschewed human remedies (such as physicians or medicine) and instead encouraged believers to seek divine healing, which they taught was provided for in Christ’s atonement. This rejection of modern medicine was not universally held in the PHC. When evangelist Watson Sorrow and Hugh Bowling disagreed with the PHC on this and other issues, they were forced to leave the PHC in 1920. They — along with a handful of other ministers and churches — organized the CHC in High Shoals, Georgia in 1921. The CHC was organized along congregational lines, differing from the PHC’s episcopal polity, in an attempt to democratize church governance.

The CHC has grown from 12 churches in 1921 to over 5,200 churches in 12 states and 19 countries in 2007. The CHC’s growth reflects the growing importance of the emerging Pentecostal movement in non-Western contexts. Like the Assemblies of God, fewer than five percent of CHC churches and members are located in the United States. The CHC claims 25,000 adherents in 225 churches in the U.S. and almost one million adherents in about 5,000 churches outside the U.S. (primarily in Central and South America).

Despite occupying a significant place within international Pentecostalism, many know little about the Congregational Holiness Church. Church leaders, scholars, and people in the pew would do well to remedy this by reading about the CHC. The CHC Resource Center sells four books, all published since 2000, about the group’s beliefs and history.

We Believe, a 2003 revision of a booklet first published in 1980, contains seventeen essays by CHC leaders about various theological and ethical issues. We Believe reflects the CHC’s Classical Pentecostal and Wesleyan postures. Paperback, 82 pages. $5.00 plus postage.

The Life Story of Rev. B. F. Duncan, 1874-1949, originally published in 1949 and republished in 2004, is an autobiographical account of an early Georgia CHC minister. Paperback, 65 pages. $10.00 plus postage.

My Earthly Pilgrimage, the autobiography of former General Superintendent Cullen L. Hicks, provides his inspiring testimony and an insider account of his years at the helm of the CHC (1973-77, 1985-91). Paperback, 115 pages, illustrated. $9.00 plus postage.

Vision Caster: The Story of Hugh B. Skelton is an important work because it tells how Skelton, the missions leader who established the CHC in South and Central America, helped to give the denomination a worldwide constituency. Paperback, 181 pages, illustrated. $12.00 plus postage.

Order from: Congregational Holiness Church Resource Center, 3888 Fayetteville Highway, Griffin, GA 30223. Contact Danny Jones by email ( or by telephone (770-228-4833) for additional information.

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