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Anguilla (UK)


Anguilla

World Convention is currently building a global reference for the  countries and territories where we know there are Christian – Churches of Christ – Disciples of Christ Congregations. Of the 193 United Nations States, the Stone-Campbell Movement exists in 165. This listing includes other nations and territories, numbering 194 countries where there is at least one representation of our churches.

Rather than waiting for comprehensive, complete information we are putting up the details we have available. If you can correct or add to this information, please contact the World Convention Office with details at gary@worldconvention.org.

Background

Anguilla is a small island of 91 sq km (35 sq miles) in the east Caribbean between the Virgin Islands and Antiqua and Barbuda. It is a long, thin coral atoll for which the Spanish word anquil, meaning eel, was used to give the British dependency its name. It was first colonized by Britain in 1690 and in 1980 gained the status of a UK dependent territory. With few natural resources the island depends heavily on tourism, offshore banking, fishing and overseas remittances. The population of the island is about 11,500.

Stone-Campbell Presence

At least one a cappella Church of Christ meets on the island. It was planted in 1989 as the result of a medical-evangelism team led by Dr. Danny Smelser and Albert Hill. Sylvester Celestine, a preacher on Saint Martin, spends two days a week ministering with the church in Anguilla.

Global Ministries of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) has a partnership with the Caribbean Conference of Churches http://www.ccc-caribe.org/eng/index.htm, the recognized Regional Ecumenical Organization (REO) of the Caribbean and one of the major development agencies at work in the Caribbean today. Currently comprised of 33 member churches in 34 territories across the Dutch, English, French and Spanish speaking territories of the region, it was founded in 1973.

Clinton J. Holloway
National Profiles Editor
January 2004

Revised by Gary Holloway September 12, 2013

For further historical reference:
Churches of Christ Around the World, Lynn, Mac, 21st Century Christian Publications, Nashville, TN, 2003.

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