A CHRONOLOGY OF PROTESTANT BEGINNINGS:
FRENCH GUIANA

by Dr. Clifton L. Holland

(last revised on June 12, 2003)

Historical Overview:

Discovered by the Spanish:††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† 1544

Under Spanish and French control:†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† 1604

Territory disputed by the Dutch, French and Portuguese until:†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† 1676

Under French control:††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† 1676††††††††

 

Number of North American Protestant Agencies in 1997:††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† 5

Indicates European society*

Significant Protestant Beginnings or Other Key Events

†††† 1624†††††† -††† First French Protestants arrive; this is considered to be the origin of the Evangelical Church of French Guiana, which was officially established in 1997.

 

†††† 1636†††††† -††† *Roman Catholicism established by the Spanish and French; the Diocese of Cayenne was established in 1956.

 

†††† 1900s†††† -††† *Early 20th century arrival of the Christian Brethren (the Open Plymouth Brethren)

 

†††† 1940†††††† -††† Seventh-day Adventists

 

†††† 1982†††††† -††† Southern Baptist Convention

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†††† 1986†††††† -††† The Evangelical Church of the West Indies (West Indies Mission, now World Team)

 

†††† 1988†††††† -††† The Church of the Nazarene

 

†††† 1991†††††† -††† Church of God of Prophecy

 

 

Date of Origin Unknown:

 

 

NOTES:

(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.

SOURCES:

(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 Pasadena, CA: an unpublished Doctor of Missiology Dissertation, School of World Mission, Fuller Theological Seminary, June 1991.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.

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

††††††††††† (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).