Protestant Church in East Timor
During Portuguese colonial rule in East Timor, which lasted until the country was annexed by Indonesia in 1975, Protestantism was suppressed. The Protestant Christian Church in East Timor came into being in 1979. Synod was established in 1988; that is the founding date of the denomination[clarification needed]. Membership grew from 6,668[clarification needed] to 34,625 in 1996. In 1998 it joined the World Communion of Reformed Churches and the World Council of Churches.
Atauro Island is one of the few areas of the country where Protestants outnumber Catholcis. Most inhabitants of Atauro belong to a Dutch Reformed Calvinist Church.
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