Thirty years ago 187 persons assembled at the old Coronado Hotel in St. Louis for the founding meeting of the National Association of Evangelicals, with prominent pastor Harold J. Ockenga as prime mover and keynote speaker. Last month the NAE and Ockenga, now a college and seminary president as well as pastor, were back in St. Louis, this time at a plusher hotel and with a bigger crowd. The NAE and Ockenga had both come up in the world.
Today the NAE has thirty-four member denominationsThey are: Assemblies of God, Baptist General Conference, Brethren Church (Ashland, Ohio), Brethren in Christ, Christian Church of North America, Christian and Missionary Alliance, Christian Union, Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee), Church of the United Brethren in Christ, Churches of Christ in Christian Union, Conservative Congregational Christian Conference, Elim Fellowship, Evangelical Church of North America, Evangelical Congregational Church, Evangelical Free Church, Evangelical Friends Alliance, Evangelical Mennonite Brethren Church, Evangelical Mennonite Church, Evangelical Methodist Church (Wichita, Kansas), Free Methodist Church, International Church of the Foursquare Gospel, International Pentecostal Assemblies, Mennonite Brethren Church, Midwest Congregational Christian Fellowship, Missionary Church, National Association of Free Will Baptists, Open Bible Standard Churches, Pentecostal Church of Christ, Pentecostal Church of God, Pentecostal Evangelical Church, Pentecostal Holiness Church, Primitive Methodist Church, Reformed Presbyterian Church of North America, and The Wesleyan Church. with three million members, twelve full-time staffers, a $350,000 annual budget, publications (Action magazine, with 12,000 circulation, and ...1
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