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British Virgin Islands


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British Virgin Islands

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Background

East of Puerto Rico in the Caribbean Sea are found the British Virgin Islands and as the name implies, they are a dependent territory of the United Kingdom. The British Virgin Islands are the most northerly of the Lesser Antilles consisting of for major low-lying islands (Tortola, Anegada, Virgin Gorda and Jost Van Dyke) and 36 coral islets and cays. The islands make up an area of 150 sq km (58 sq miles). Most of the islands are the peaks of a submerged mountain chain and enjoy a subtropical climate. The islands were visited in 1493 by Christopher Columbus and for 200 hundred years served as a pirate base for the British and the Dutch. Tourism accounts for nearly half of the present national income for the nearly 14,000 inhabitants with international business, agriculture and livestock generating substantial revenues.

Religion

84% Christian, with the largest  denominations being Methodist (23%), Anglican(12%), Church of God (11%) and Catholic (9%).

Stone-Campbell Presence

Some years ago an a cappella Church of Christ was begun by two men from Caribbean Christian College in Puerto Rico but after they left the islands their work faded. In 1983 Donald Hindsley arrived on the island of Tortola and began to follow up on Bible correspondence work that was sponsored by the church in Oxford, Alabama in the US. Three members of the former church and thirteen baptisms as the result of two crusades (1983 and 1984) formed the nucleus of a new congregation. Hindsley was later replaced by Baptiste Joseph and subsequently by Billy McVey.

The International Churches of Christ have a congregation in Road Town.

Clinton J. Holloway
National Profiles Editor
January 2004

Revised, Gary Holloway, November 13, 2013

 

Contact Information

A. National Office
B. Congregational Information

Website: http://www.churches-of-christ.net/world/caribbean.html

C. Educational Institutions
D. Social Service Ministries
E. Magazines/Periodicals
F. International Ministries
G. Conventions/Lectureships/Assemblies/Forums/Conferences
H. Points of Interest

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British Virgin Islands

The World Convention is currently building a global reference for the nearly 180 countries and territories where we know there are Christian – Churches of Christ – Disciples of Christ congregations. Rather than wait for comprehensive, complete information we are putting up details that we readily have available. If you can correct or add to this information, please contact us with details at office@worldconvention.org Reference for further information will be in the form of web sites and mailing addresses.

Background

East of Puerto Rico in the Caribbean Sea are found the British Virgin Islands and as the name implies, they are a dependent territory of the United Kingdom. The British Virgin Islands are the most northerly of the Lesser Antilles consisting of for major low-lying islands (Tortola, Anegada, Virgin Gorda and Jost Van Dyke) and 36 coral islets and cays. The islands make up an area of 150 sq km (58 sq miles). Most of the islands are the peaks of a submerged mountain chain and enjoy a subtropical climate. The islands were visited in 1493 by Christopher Columbus and for 200 hundred years served as a pirate base for the British and the Dutch. Tourism accounts for nearly half of the present national income for the nearly 14,000 inhabitants with international business, agriculture and livestock generating substantial revenues.

Some years ago an a cappella Church of Christ was begun by two men from Caribbean Christian College in Puerto Rico but after they left the islands their work faded. In 1983 Donald Hindsley arrived on the island of Tortola and began to follow up on Bible correspondence work that was sponsored by the church in Oxford, Alabama in the US. Three members of the former church and thirteen baptisms as the result of two crusades (1983 and 1984) formed the nucleus of a new congregation. Hindsley was later replaced by Baptiste Joseph and subsequently by Billy McVey.

Clinton J. Holloway
National Profiles Editor
January 2004

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

Contact Information

A. National Office
B. Congregational Information

Website: http://www.churches-of-christ.net/world/caribbean.html

C. Educational Institutions
D. Social Service Ministries
E. Magazines/Periodicals
F. International Ministries
G. Conventions/Lectureships/Assemblies/Forums/Conferences
H. Points of Interest