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Church of God in France

Église de Dieu en France

Fédération Protestante de France


Founded in 1886, the Church of God has today more than 6 million members in nearly 150 countries.

The Church of God traces its roots to the 19th August 1886, when a group of eight Christians led by Richard G. Spurling, seeking to encourage deeper consecration and holiness, founded the Christian Union at Barney Creek in Tennessee.

On the 15th May 1902 this union was reorganised and renamed the Holiness Church at Camp Creek.

In January 1907 during an assembly, it was unanimously and harmoniously decided to rename the organisation the Church of God according to 1 Corinthians 1:1. This new name was typical of the holiness churches formed in America during this period.

In France, it was in 1957 that Hermann Lauster started a work of evangelisation in Alsace and especially in Colmar in a church started by Henri Nothdurft. This church was first of all attached to the German Church of God (Gemeinde Gottes), but this was looked on badly by the local authorities, and it rapidly became necessary to find a French attachment. It was thus that on the 30th December 1959 that his son, Walter Lauster, declared the statutes for the association “Église de Dieu en France” (Church of God in France) at the Aube Prefecture.