Date Founded: 1923
Membership/Number of Clergy: 7,527,174/98,804 as of 2012 (worldwide)
Headquarters: Central Office, P.O. Box 26902, 1910 W. Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90026-0176
Schools & Seminaries: Life Pacific College Some local congregations run Bible institutes and ministry training centers. There is no formal educational requirement for ministry in the denomination.
Publications: Foursquare Leader Magazine
Core Beliefs: In addition to many beliefs in common with mainline Christian denominations, the Foursquare Gospel Church also believes:
We believe that the Holy Spirit has the following gifts to bestow upon the believing church of the Lord Jesus Christ: wisdom, knowledge, faith, healing, miracles, prophecy, discernment, tongues, interpretation; that according to the degree of grace and faith possessed by the recipient, these gifts are divided to every man severally, as He, the Holy Spirit, wills; that they are to be most earnestly desired and coveted, in the order and proportion wherein they prove most edifying and beneficial to the church; and that the fruit of the Spirit: love, joy, peace, long-suffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance, should be put forth, cultivated, and diligently guarded as the resultant adornment, the constant, eloquent, and irrefutable evidence of a Spirit-filled life.
We believe that divine healing is the power of the Lord Jesus Christ to heal the sick and the afflicted in answer to believing prayer; that He who is the same yesterday, today and forever has never changed but is still an all-sufficient help in the time of trouble, able to meet the needs of, and quicken the body into newness of life, as well as the soul and spirit in answer to the faith of them who ever pray with submission to His divine and sovereign will.
Short History: Founded in Los Angeles, CA in 1923 by Aimee Semple MacPherson with the opening of Angelus Temple. Four other churches in California were quickly opened, and the first missionary couple was commissioned in 1927. When Sister Aimee passed away in 1944, her son, Rolf Kennedy McPherson, led the church for 44 more years. The denomination is currently on its sixth president.
Local Churches: There are two churches in Louisville; Lighthouse Christian Fellowship, 1334 Camden Ave., Louisville, KY, 40215-1809 which also has a Nepali-Bhutanese congregation, and New Song Christian Fellowship, 9310 Old Henry Rd., Louisville, KY, 40245-6004. Use the Church Locator to find other congregations. Before attending a service you can download a welcome packet that will tell you a little about the church. There is a church-specific packet on each page.