A CHRONOLOGY OF
by Dr. Clifton L. Holland
(last revised on June 9, 2003)
Settled by British colonists: 1609
Becomes a British dependency: 1684
Slavery Abolished: 1838
Becomes self-governing under British rule: 1968
Indicates European society*
Significant Protestant Beginnings or other Special Events:
1609 - *Settlement established by shipwrecked Anglicans from England; St. George’s Anglican Church, constructed in 1612, by Governor Richard Moore is the oldest Anglican Church in continuous use in the Western Hemisphere; the Church of England becomes the Established Church; now an extra provincial diocese directly under the Archbishop of Canterbury.
1612 - *Presbyterian settlers from the Church of Scotland arrived; Christ Church in Warwick becomes the oldest Presbyterian Church in the British Colonies.
1800s - *Missionaries of the Wesleyan Methodist Church of Great Britain arrive; later joined by missionaries from the African Methodist Episcopal Church in the USA during the 20th century.
1800s - Roman Catholic missionaries arrive from Canada; becomes an outpost of the Diocese of Halifax, Nova Scotia; in 1953 it was made a prefecture and three years later a vicariate; in 1957, the Diocese of Hamilton was created as a suffragan, subordinate to the Diocese of Kingston, Jamaica.
1905 - Church of God (Anderson, IN)
1966 - Southern Baptist Convention
Date of Origin Unknown:
Pentecostal Assemblies of Canada
Presbyterian Church of Canada
United Church of Canada
(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.
(2) J. Gordon Melton and Martin Baumann, editors, Religions of the World (ABC-Clio Publishers, 2002)