PENTECOSTAL ASSEMBLIES of the WORLD (PAW), INC.
European Council of Nations (ECN) West
The PAW traces its origins to the Azusa Street Revival of Los Angeles, California which marked the beginning of the Pentecostal movement.
J.J. Frazee founded the PAW in 1906 and was its first General Superintendent. At its founding it was a Charismatic movement with everyone enjoying the baptism of the Holy Spirit. The Oneness Pentecostal doctrine and liturgy of water baptism in Jesus Name was not yet adopted.
Early in the history of the Pentecostal movement a ‘new issue’ arose which caused the movement to divide between the Trinitarians and the Oneness or Jesus’ Name believers. Oneness believers reached the conclusion that the singular name in Matthew 28:19 was Jesus Christ and that the one true God who revealed himself as the Father in creation, as the Son for redemption, and as the Holy Spirit in the church was none other than Jesus. Thousands of Pentecostals began to be re-baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, as the Ephesians did in Acts 19 instead of repeating the titles, Father, Son and Holy Ghost referred to in Matthew 28:19.As they searched the scriptures, they discovered that the early church believers in the book of Acts were all baptized in the Name of the Lord Jesus Christ. Acts 2:38, Acts 8:12-17, Acts 10:44-48 and Acts 22. They received their confirmation in Acts 4:12. With this revelation, there was a division of the Oneness believers who baptized using the name of Jesus and the Trinitarians who continued using the Roman Catholic formula of Father, Son and Holy Ghost.
Bishop C. Wayne Brantley, who formerly served as a suffragan bishop of the ECN, was also elevated to the office of bishop in August 2009 and is currently our diocesan, over the ECN West. Bishop Brantley first came to the UK in August 1984, when he accompanied his pastor, the late Honorable Bishop Norman L. Wagner, who was the guest speaker for the PAW National Convocation at Faith Chapel in London. Little did he know that his life was to be inextricably entwined with the saints from the UK from that time onwards. Bishop Brantley has served both the CEC and the ECN faithfully over the years, never having missed a Council meeting for over 20 years. The ECN West currently has one suffragan bishop; Suffragan Bishop Lloyd G. Thomas, pastor of Faith Chapel in London. He is the highest ranking PAW authority resident in the UK, assisting and acting on behalf of our diocesan bishop. Our Council currently has two district elders. One of these is District Elder June Cranston-Young, who oversees the Southern Region, which includes London, also the church in Ireland and Mt Zion Millennium City Church in Nottingham. The other is District Elder Terrence Thompson, who oversees the Northern Region, which includes the Midlands and Scotland, plus Faith Chapel in London. ECN West currently has 10 churches in the UK, one in Ireland, two in France and one in Belgium.