Armenian Brotherhood Church
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The Armenian Brotherhood Church (also known as the Armenian Evangelical Brotherhood Church, the Armenian Brotherhood Bible Church or some other iterations) started within the Armenian Evangelical Church in the 19th century.
|Armenian Brotherhood Bible Church|
|Founder||Survivors of the Genocide|
|Recognition||Armenian Evangelical Church|
|Possessions||United States, Canada, Brazil, Argentina, Uruguay, Australia, France, Greece, Lebanon, Syria, Iran, and Armenia|
As the Armenian Evangelical Church was born out of the Mother Church (the Armenian Orthodox Apostolic Church), likewise the Armenian Brotherhood Church was born out of the Armenian Evangelical Church.
In the beginning of the twentieth century, some of the suburbs of Cilicia as Harpert, Marash, Hasan Bay, Aintab, and Adana, had seen strong spiritual awakenings, where numerous persons repented and committed themselves to the Lordship of Jesus Christ. Having the desire for a warm spiritual environment, they joined the group that sprang out of the Evangelical Church, which was having unofficial meetings and which had similar concerns. This group was being known as Brotherhood fellowship.
The Armenian Genocide did not permit this group to prosper in Cilicia. After the massacres, the remnant of the Armenian people migrated to the Middle East and settled in Iraq, Syria, Lebanon and Egypt. Those who migrated to Europe mainly settled in Greece and France.
Among those who settled in these countries, there were initiator spiritual brothers who, with the help of God, began similar meetings first at homes and later in rented halls, and finally, when the number of the constituency increased, and the monetary means allowed, they began to move into church buildings.
Among those who migrated to Aleppo, Syria, were Brothers Abraham Seferian, Minas Bozoklian and Mihran Kasardjian. They gathered people together and began to have unofficial home Bible studies. There were a mixed group of people who were born again, from the three denominations (i.e., Orthodox, Catholic and Evangelical). In time this group became larger and took more official status, and finally it was named as the Spiritual Brotherhood Church. Due this course movement spread into other countries, although in different names as Armenian Evangelical Brotherhood Church, Armenian Brotherhood Bible Church, etc.
Numerous Brotherhood Churches were established in the Middle East: Beirut, Damascus, Baghdad, Tehran, Cairo, Alexandria. In Europe: Valance, Paris, Athens. And in South America: Buenos Aires, Cordoba, São Paulo, and Montevideo.
The brothers who migrated to North America, established churches in New York, Philadelphia, Boston, Detroit, Chicago, Fresno, Los Angeles, and Pasadena.
The central committee of the Armenian Brotherhood Church is the Union of Armenian Brotherhood Bible Churches, headquartered in Pasadena, California in the United States.
Regional Union of Europe and the Middle East
- Tehran (Iran)
- Beirut (Lebanon)
- Damascus (Syria)
- Yerevan (Armenia)
- Athens (Greece)
- Alfortville (France)
- Valence (France)
- Sydney (Australia)
Regional Union of South America
Regional Union of North America
- Pasadena, California (United States)
- Hollywood, California (United States)
- Glendale, California (United States)
- New Milford, New Jersey (United States)
- Fresno, California (United States)
- Montreal, Quebec (Canada)
- Toronto, Ontario (Canada)
- Armenian Brotherhood Church of Yerevan, Armenia
- Armenian Brotherhood Bible Church of , New Jersey
- Armenian Brotherhood Bible Church of Pasadena, California
- Armenian Evangelical Brotherhood Church of Toronto, Ontario
- Armenian Evangelical Brotherhood Church of Buenos Aires, Argentina
- Armenian Brotherhood Holy Trinity Church, Sydney