"F" is for Fire-Baptized Holiness Church

Dec 25, 2020

"F" is for Fire-Baptized Holiness Church. Several different groups have used this name. The initial group was formed in Iowa and taught that a Christian could experience salvation, then sanctification, and then a "third blessing," a baptism of the Holy Ghost with fire. Missionaries came to South Carolina in the 1890s. In 1898 delegates from across the country met in Anderson to organize the Fire-Baptized Holiness Association. Under the leadership of the Rev. William E. Fuller, a number of black congregations split off and formed the Colored Fire-Baptized Holiness Church in 1908. In 1922 the group changed its name to the Fire-Baptized Holiness Church of God and Fuller became its first bishop. The denomination's headquarters are in Atlanta. The Fire-Baptized Holiness Church of God has less than 20,00 members—mostly located in South Carolina and Georgia.