A CHRONOLOGY OF PROTESTANT BEGINNINGS: BAHAMAS
by Dr. Clifton L. Holland
(last revised on June 9, 2003)
Discovery by Christopher Columbus (over 700 islands form the Bahamas): 1492
Puritan colonists from England arrive on Eleuthera Island: 1648
British take control: 1797
The Bahamas become independent of Great Britain: 1973
Number of North American agencies in 1969: 10
Number of North American agencies in 1996: 10
Indicates European society*
Significant Protestant Beginnings or Events:
1646 - *Puritan colony on the Island of Eleuthera, a dissident group within the Church of England.
1724 - *Anglican chaplains arrive with British occupation; the Church of England becomes the Established Church until 1869; now known as the Anglican Diocese of Nassau and the Bahamas.
1780 - Baptist work begins among former slaves from the U.S., through the preaching of Frank Spence.
1783 - British colonists loyal to the British crown arrive after the U.S. Revolutionary War; many were Scottish Presbyterians; in 1798 they formed the St. Andrew’s Society, and in 1810 St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church was founded in Nassau, affiliated with the Church of Scotland.
1786 - *Methodist Church of Great Britain begins work under former slave Joseph Paul from the Carolinas.
1833 - *Baptist Missionary Society of Great Britain arrives.
1848 - *Wesleyan Methodist Missionary Society of Great Britain; in 1968, the Methodist Church in the Bahamas became part of the Conference of the Methodist Church in the Americas and the Caribbean.
1909 - Pentecostal ministry begins by a Bahamian couple who were converted in Florida; later affiliated with the Church of God (Cleveland, TN).
1928 - An independent church founded in Nassau later becomes affiliated with the Assemblies of God; first Assemblies of God missionaries arrive in 1945; the Bahamian Council of the Assemblies of God was organized in 1955.
1931 - The Salvation Army
1946 - National Baptist Convention in the USA, affiliated with the Baptist Union
1952 - Christian Church and Churches of Christ
1956 - Gospel Missionary Union
1968 - Southern Baptist Convention, International Mission Board
1974 - Global Outreach Mission
1988 - United Pentecostal Church International
1993 - AMG International
Date of Origin Unknown:
African Methodist Episcopal Church Zion
Assemblies (Plymouth Brethren)
Church of God (Anderson, IN)
Church of God of Prophecy
Church of Jesus Christ Ministerial Alliance
of the Lord Jesus Christ of the Apostolic Faith
Church of the Nazarene
Hall Deliverance Foundation
Saints of God Church
Team (formerly, West Indies Mission), among Haitian immigrants; affiliated with
the Evangelical Church of the Antilles.
(1) Dates listed indicate the earliest recorded ministry or in case of discrepancies, the date most frequently indicated.
(2) North American Agencies include U.S. and Canadian.
(1) Daryl L. Platt, "Who Represents the Evangelical Churches in Latin America? A Study of the Evangelical Fellowship Organizations." Pasadena, CA: an unpublished Doctor of Missiology Dissertation, School of World Mission, Fuller Theological Seminary, June 1991. Used by permission of the author.
(3) John A. Siewert and Edna G. Valdez, editors: Mission Handbook of U.S. and Canadian Christian Ministries Overseas (MARC 1997).
(4) Jean-Jacques Bauswein and Lukas Vischer, The Reformed Family Worldwide (Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 1999).
(5) Clifton L. Holland, editor, World Christianity: Central America and the Caribbean (MARC-World Vision International, 1981)