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Bermuda

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.

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Background

Bermuda is an island in the Atlantic Ocean approximately 900 km (560 miles) off the coast of the U.S.(s South Carolina. The area of the island is 50 sq km (19 sq miles) but despite its small size enjoys one of the highest per capita incomes in the world with tourism and financial services offering many tax-haven advantages. Bermuda also has one of the world(s largest flag-of-convenience naval fleets. The main island is one of 360 low-lying coral islands which sit atop ancient sub-marine volcanoes. Discovered in 1503 by Spaniard Juan Bermudez, it was later taken over by the British but has a long history of self-government dating back to its first parliament in 1620. Bermuda is a dependency of the UK, overwhelmingly rejecting a vote for independence in 1995. The population of the island is 63,500.

Religion

Anglican 16% (23%), Roman Catholic 15% (15%), African Methodist Episcopal 9% (11%), Seventh Day Adventist 7% (7%) Pentecostal (4% (4%), Methodist 3% (4%), Presbyterian 2% (3%), Church of God 2% (2%), Salvation Army 1% (2%), Brethren 1% (2%), Baptist 1% (1%) non-denominational 9% (6%), other 9% (6%).

Stone-Campbell Presence

In 1954 American military residents from Churches of Christ began meeting in homes for worship and fellowship with airmen M. Glascow, Archie Jarrett and L.G. Keele preaching for the house church. Official government sanction for the church was soon sought by F.B. Shepherd. Beginning in 1959 Asa Keele became the minister of the congregation followed by Zeke Maynard, Jack Hilliard, James Pilgrim, Gerald Tupen, Phillip Woodbridge and since 1985 Turner Paseur has served the congregation. In about 1980 Asa Keele began working with the Devonshire church to plant a new congregation at Somerset. Thurman Self began ministering with the Somerset church in 1987. At present the two congregations have a combined membership of about 200 and are served by American evangelists.

Clinton J. Holloway
National Profiles Editor
January 2004

Revised by Gary Holloway, January 15, 2014

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