by Dr. Clifton L. Holland

(last revised on June 9, 2003)

Historical Overview:

Discovery by Christopher Columbus:††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† 1503

British given control by the Treaty of Madrid:†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† 1670

Settlement established by Jamaicans:†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† 1833

Remains a dependency of Jamaica until:††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† 1959

Becomes a British dependent territory:††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† 1959


Indicates European society*

Significant Protestant Beginnings or Events:

†††† 1833†††††† -††† *Settlement established by Scottish Presbyterians from Jamaica; becomes part of the Presbyterian Church in Jamaica and Grand Cayman; in 1965 this body merged with the Congregational Union of Jamaica to form the United Church in Jamaica and the Cayman Islands.


†††† 1870†††††† -††† *Missionaries arrive from the Jamaica Baptist Union, with support from the British Baptist Union.


†††† 1911†††††† -††† The Wesleyan Church (also known as Pilgrim Holiness Church)


†††† 1930s†††† -††† Church of God (Anderson, IN)


†††† 1930s†††† -††† Church of God Holiness


Date of Origin Unknown:


††††††††††††††††††††††† Anglican Church, the Church in the Province of the West Indies


††††††††††††††††††††††† Church of the Lord Jesus Christ of the Apostolic Faith





(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) PROLADES (Latin American Socio-religious Studies Program), international headquarters in San Josť, Costa Rica: www.prolades.com, prolades@racsa.co.cr

(2) Clifton L. Holland, editor, World Christianity:Central America and the Caribbean (MARC-World Vision International, 1981)

(3) J. Gordon Melton and Martin Baumann, editors, Religions of the World (ABC-Clio Publishers, 2002)