Capital City: Washington DC
Population: 328 million
Ethnic Groups: white 72.4%, black 12.6%, Asian 4.8%, Amerindian and Alaska native 0.9%, native Hawaiian and other Pacific islander 0.2%, other 6.2%, two or more races 2.9% (2010 est.)
Languages: English only 78.2%, Spanish 13.4%, Chinese 1.1%, other 7.3% (2017 est.)
Religions: Protestant 46.5%, Roman Catholic 20.8%, Jewish 1.9%, Mormon 1.6%, other Christian 0.9%, Muslim 0.9%, Jehovah's Witness 0.8%, Buddhist 0.7%, Hindu 0.7%, other 1.8%, unaffiliated 22.8%, don't know/refused 0.6% (2014 est.)
Please Note: All data sourced from the Population Reference Bureau and the CIA World Fact Book
The CRC IN The United States of America
While traveling in Papua New Guinea in the 1960s, a vision to start a short-term missionary training school was birthed in the heart of A. S. Worley. In 1971 he and his wife Loraine purchased a tract of farm land in Walhalla, South Carolina and moved into one of the old houses.
A charter for Faith Training Center was approved on September 29, 1971. A Board of Trustees was formed and had its first meeting on October 5, 1971. On February 14, 1972 the first class of Faith Training Center was started in the front room of the house. Since that time hundreds of students have attended the school, and most have gone into missions or other ministry work after graduation.
When God gave A. S. the vision of the school, He also gave him one of a church. In the early days, there was no effort made to start the church, but as people were reached through a Bible study, it was apparent a church was needed for them, as well as for students attending the school. Faith Training Center Church began having services on September 21, 1975. Sunday services were started in the barn. Eventually, a multi-use facility was built on the property, with the church sanctuary on an upper level, and student housing and classrooms on the lower. The new church building opened in 1979, and the old barn was converted into the dining hall. Several years later it was decided to rename the church to Faith Center Church. The church was incorporated with the State of South Carolina in 1994, although it had been functioning as a church for many years.
In addition to the development of a church, a Christian school for grades K-4 through 12 was begun in 1982, and a building was built to house the school. It was called Faith Christian School. Today, this school is associated with Adelaide Christian Schools. Adelaide Christian Schools commenced as a result of a vision from the late senior pastor of Adelaide Christian Centre. Pr Leo Harris. Adelaide Christian Schools continue to be governed by Adelaide Christian Centre to this day.
In January 2011, Faith Center Church joined together with CRC Churches International. The Board of Trustees is now made up of representatives from both the United States and Australia. Pr Warwick Hughes is the current senior pastor of Faith Center Church. Pr Warwick is a long serving CRC missionary from New Zealand who served in Papua New Guinea for many years prior to relocating to the United States of America. Pr Warwick’s wife Omega, from Papua New Guinea, along with their two sons, moved to Walhalla in August 2018.
Pr Mike Groom
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