History

History

The Appalachian Conference
International Pentecostal Holiness Church

                                       Edward W. Reeves
The Appalachian Conference had its beginning on April 5, 1910 in Roanoke, Virginia. Rev. F. M. Britton, Assistant General Superintendent of the Fire Baptized Holiness Church of Iowa organized the Virginia Conference Fire Baptized Holiness Convention and organized the first church in Roanoke, Virginia. Later the same year, four other churches were added to the convention. They were churches located in Piedmont, Radford, and Pulaski, Virginia and one church in Montcalm, West Virginia.

Rev. Edward D. Reeves was elected as the first Conference Superintendent and pastor of the Roanoke congregation. On January 30, 1911, the Fire Baptized Holiness Church of Iowa and the Pentecostal Holiness Church of North Carolina merged to form the International Pentecostal Holiness Church. Rev. Reeves represented the Virginia Conference at that meeting and was one of the original signers of the covenant merger.

From its humble beginnings in 1910 with five churches, the Appalachian Conference has grown to incorporate nearly 200 churches in Virginia, West Virginia, Tennessee, and several other states. At present, the conference ministerial membership consists of over 400 ministers and 25,000 members in these areas.

The Virginia Conference changed its name in 1992 from the “Virginia Conference” to the “Appalachian Conference” in order to better identify the regional geographical areas of ministry. The outreach ministries of the conference include multi-ethnic and multicultural congregations of African-American and Hispanic congregations as well.

The Appalachian Conference has a strong and vibrant missionary emphasis supporting missionaries in over 100 countries around the world. Many of those missionaries are from local churches within this conference. We believe strongly in the Great Commission and we encourage each of the local churches to do their part in spreading the gospel locally and globally.

For more information on the International Pentecostal Holiness church we encourage you to go to our denominational website and visit the Archives Department.