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Denominations - Protestant

Short profiles of selected Christian denominations in the U.S.

About the Evangelical Covenant Church

Date Founded:  1885

Membership/Number of Clergy:  124,283/255 as of 2011/2006

Headquarters:  8303 W. Higgins Road, Chicago, IL  60631

Schools & Seminaries:  North Park University, North Park Theological Seminary

Publications:  The Covenant Companion, The Covenant Home Alter, Covenant Quarterly


Social Media:  Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, TV

Core Beliefs: "For Covenant people, our essential beliefs are summed up in what we call Covenant Affirmations:

  • We affirm the centrality of the word of God.
  • We affirm the necessity of the new birth.
  • We affirm a commitment to the whole mission of the church.
  • We affirm the church as a fellowship of believers.
  • We affirm a conscious dependence on the Holy Spirit.
  • We affirm the reality of freedom in Christ."

Short History:  Founded as the Swedish Evangelical Mission Covenant of America in Chicago, IL in 1885 by Swedish Lutheran pietists who had left Sweden due to the suppression of their denomination.  Name changed to Evangelical Covenant Church of America in 1954.  The "of America" part was dropped as a Canadian conference was formed. 

Local Churches:  Two ECC congregations are in Louisville:  Grace Community Fellowship Church, meeting at St. Cecilia Catholic Church, 338 N. 25th Street, Louisville, KY 40212 and The Soul Center, meeting at Cochran Elementary, 500 W Gaulbert Ave.,Louisville, KY 40208.  Use the Find a Church option to locate churches in other areas.

ECC Symbol

Evangelical Covenant Church symbol