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Denominations - Protestant

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

About the Jehovah's Witnesses

Date Founded:  Early 1870s.

Membership/Number of Clergy:  1,184,249/NA as of 2010.  Jehovah's Witnesses have no paid clergy.

Headquarters:  25 Columbia Heights, Brooklyn, NY 11201-2483

Schools & Seminaries:  None.  Jehovah's Witnesses are warned against the dangers of pursuing higher education.

Publications:  The Watchtower, Awake

Website:  http://www.jw.org/en/

Social Media:  None

Core Beliefs:   Jehovah's Witnesses are Christians who "are different from other religious groups that are called Christian. For example, we believe that the Bible teaches that Jesus is the Son of God, not part of a Trinity. We do not believe that the soul is immortal, that there is any basis in Scripture for saying that God tortures people in an everlasting hell, or that those who take the lead in religious activities should have titles that elevate them above others."  The only special day commemorated by Jehovah's Witnesses is the death of Jesus.  They observe no other religious or secular holidays.

Short History:  Begun by Charles Taze Russell with the formation of Zion's Watch Tower Tract Society, the group split into several parts during the leadership of Joseph Rutherford who incorrectly predicted the end of the world in 1925.  The largest group after the split, who remained loyal to Rutherford, took the name Jehovah's Witnesses in 1931.

Local Churches:  Jehovah's Witnesses do not use the term "church" to designate their buildings.  Their meeting places are called Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses. There are a number of meetings in the Louisville area.  Sunday meetings tend to be at either 10 a.m. or 1 p.m.  Use the Meeting Search to find one convenient to you.

Jehovah's Witnesses Symbol

There is no symbol of the denomination.