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The Pentecostal Churches of the Apostolic Faith
(1957 ~ present)
The Pentecostal Churches of the Apostolic Faith (PCAF) was formed by the late, Bishop Samuel Nathan Hancock of Detroit, Michigan. When Bishop G.T. Haywood died in 1931, it left a gaping hole in the PAW. Afterward, the Bishop Board voted to leave the Presiding Bishop position open for one year. Bishop Hancock felt that due to his personal relationship with Bishop Haywood (a spiritual son, and former assistant to bishop Haywood) that he should have been considered to succeed him as Presiding Prelate of the PAW.
As time passed, Bishop Hancock was never elected to serve the PAW as its Presiding Prelate. This undoubtedly created some distance between Bishop Hancock and his loyality to the organization. In 1957, some issues of concern arose within the organization that caused Bishop Hancock to step back and reconsider his position in the PAW, including his own bishopric. In 1957, he took steps to organize a new fellowship of Apostolic ministers. During the initial formation of the organization at Bethlehem Temple in Detroit, Bishop Hancock chose the name, Pentecostal Churches of the Apostolic Faith for the name of his new adventure. (more to come)
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