100th Anniversary Celebration
1898 - 1998

Fire Baptized Holiness Church
of God of the Americas

Time Line

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January 29, 1875
  • William Edward Fuller is born to George & Martha Fuller in Mountville, South Carolina.
1879
  • William E. Fuller orphaned at age 4.

  • Reared by his aunt, Mrs. Ida Fuller Vance.
1892
  • Bishop Fuller is Converted under the preaching of Brother W.T. Burgess and joins New Hope Methodist Church in Mountville, South Carolina.

  • Serves as Class Leader and a Steward.
1893
  • William E. Fuller is called to preach at age 18.
    Receives his License from Elder Lyte.
1895
  • William E. Fuller is Sanctified in a corn field.
1897
  • "Needing something more from God", Rev. Fuller goes to his private praying ground, the corn field one mile from his home, and agonizes until he receives the Baptism of the Holy Ghost and Fire.
    He does not know where this is spoken of in the Bible.
July 28 - August 8, 1898
  • Reads in the Way of Faith that the Fire Baptized Holiness Association is scheduled to meet in Anderson, South Carolina on August 1.

  • Drives a mule, borrowed from his brother-in-law, 45 miles to attend the meeting.

  • Rev. W.E. Fuller is 23 years old.

  • Benjamin Irwin organizes the first General Council of the Fire Baptized Holiness Association in Anderson, South Carolina. Blacks are admitted with full equality.

  • Rev. Fuller returns to New Hope, turns in his License and resigns his membership and offices.

  • Rev. W.E. Fuller starts with 2 member who live 9 miles apart.
    He later becomes Overseer of the Negro churches.
July 2, 1900
  • General Overseer H. King is appointed Bishop following the defection of Benjamin Irwin.
1905
  • Overseer Fuller is appointed to the Executive Board and serves as a trustee.

  • Overseer Fuller is 30 years old.
1908
  • Overseer Fuller separates from the Fire Baptized Church (due to the growing trend of segregation) with an excess of 500 members and $25,000 in property along with Warrant Deeds for the same.
November 24, 1908
  • First General Council of the Colored Fire Baptized Holiness Church in Greer, South Carolina.

  • Overseer Fuller becomes the General Overseer.

  • C.C. Chiles appointed Secretary and Treasurer.

  • Brother G.W. Gleen appointed as First Ruling Elder

  • Membership consists of:
    • 1 Ruling Elder
    • 16 Ordained Ministers
    • 50 Local Ministers
    • 27 Churches
    • 925 Members
1909
  • Bishop Fuller establishes The True Wittness.
1910
  • First Sunday School Convention held at New Zion Greenville, South Carolina.
1912
  • Bishop Fuller establishes Fuller Normal Industrial Institute.
1916
  • The Sisters of Charity is organized in Abbeyville, South Carolina.

  • Sister Caroline Wiliams Phelps appointed as 1st National Chairlady.
  • Mother L.E. Chiles appointed as 1st President.
1922 - 1926
  • The church is known as Fire Baptized Holiness Church of God.
June 8, 1926
  • The General Council convenes at Mt. Moriah in Knoxville, Tennesse.

  • The name of the church is changed to Fire Baptized Holiness Church of God of the Americas.
1946
  • Young Peoples' Institute founded by Sister Johnnie E. Fuller,
    organized by Mother Emma Fuller, 1st National YPI Chairlady.
January 20, 1958
  • Bishop William E. Fuller dies nine days before his 83rd Birthday.
June 10 - June 15, 1958
June, 1970
  • The Twentieth Quadrennial Session of the General Council meets in Greenville, South Carolina.

  • Elder Abraham L. McCracken is elected as Bishop and assigned to the Second Episcopal Diocese.

  • Elder Frank C. Canty is elected as Bishop and assigned to the Third Episcopal Diocese.
June, 1974
  • The Twenty-First Quadrennial Session of the General Council meets in Greenville, South Carolina.

  • The Jr. Mission arm of our church is established.

  • Sister Cleve Ann Mack is elected and assigned to direct the Jr. Mission activities of the Northern Districts.

  • Sister Pamela Elliott is elected and assigned to direct the Jr. Mission activities of the Southern Districts.
June, 1978
  • The Twenty-Second Quadrennial Session of the General Council meets in Greenville, South Carolina.

  • Elder Nathaniel T. Scott is elected as Bishop and assigned to the Third Episcopal Diocese.
June, 1982
  • The Twenty-Third Quadrennial Session of the General Council meets in Greenville, South Carolina.

  • Bishop Nathaniel T. Scott is assigned to the Second Episcopal Diocese.

  • Elder Julius J. Martin is elected as Bishop and assigned to the Third Episcopal Diocese.
June, 1994
  • The Twenty-sixth Quadrennial Session of the General Council meets in Greenville, South Carolina.

  • Bishop N.T. Scott and Bishop J.J. Martin retire as Bishops Emeritus.

  • Elder Patrick Frazier Jr. is elected as Bishop and assigned to the Second Episcopal Diocese.

  • Elder N.J. Roach is elected as Bishop and assigned to the Third Episcopal Diocese.

  • Bishop W.E. Fuller Jr. remains as Bishop of the First Episcopal Diocese and Chairman of the Bishop Board.
June 9 - June 14, 1998
  • The Twenty-seventh Quadrennial Session of the General Council meets in Greenville, South Carolina.

  • Assistant Mother Mary E. Nesbit is elevated to National Mother and assigned to the Second Episcopal Diocese.

  • District Supervisor Sis. Kaye W. Littlejohn is elevated to National Supervisor and assigned to the Second Episcopal Diocese.

  • District Supervisor Sis. Sadie Lampkin is elevated to National Supervisor and assigned to the Third Episcopal Diocese.

  • Bishop W.E. Fuller Jr. remains as Bishop of the First Episcopal Diocese and Chairman of the Bishop Board.

  • Bishop Patrick Frazier Jr. remains as Bishop of the Second Episcopal Diocese.

  • Bishop N.J. Roach remains as Bishop of the Third Episcopal Diocese.
June 11 - June 16, 2002
  • The Twenty-eighth Quadrennial Session of the General Council meets in Greenville, South Carolina.

  • Mother Doris L. Heard is appointed the National Chairlady of the Sisters of Charity and assigned to the First Episcopal Diocese.

  • Jr. Mother Hazel Lindsay is elevated to National Mother of the Third Episcopal Diocese.

  • District President Sis. Margaret Watson is elevated to National Jr. Mother of the Third Episcopal Diocese.

  • National Supervisor Sis. Kaye W. Littlejohn is appointed National Chairlady of the Young People's Institute (YPI).

  • District Supervisor Sis. Liz Hallum is elevated to National YPI Supervisor of the First Episcopal Diocese.

  • Sister Dimetri Braxton is appointed National Chairlady of the Jr. Mission Department.

  • Bishop W.E. Fuller Jr. remains as Bishop of the First Episcopal Diocese and Chairman of the Bishop Board.

  • Bishop Patrick Frazier Jr. remains as Bishop of the Second Episcopal Diocese.

  • Bishop N.J. Roach remains as Bishop of the Third Episcopal Diocese.
June 13 - June 18, 2006
  • The Twenty-ninth Quadrennial Session of the General Council meets in Greenville, South Carolina.

  • Mother Mary E. Nesbit is appointed the National Chairlady of the Sisters of Charity and assigned to the Second Episcopal Diocese.

  • Jr. Mother Annie Whack is elevated to National Mother of the First Episcopal Diocese.

  • Jr. Mother Margaret Watson is elevated to National Mother of the Third Episcopal Diocese.

  • District President Sister Lillie Mae Grissett is elevated to National Jr. Mother and assigned to the First Episcopal Diocese.

  • Reverend Sister Mildred Caldweld is elevated to National Jr. Mother and assigned to the Second Episcopal Diocese.

  • District President Sister Eula Shinholster is elevated to National Jr. Mother and assigned to the Third Episcopal Diocese.

  • Sister Miriam Harris is appointed International Directress of Foreign Mission

  • Sister Elease Davis is appointed National Directress of Home Mission

  • Bishop W.E. Fuller Jr. remains as Bishop of the First Episcopal Diocese and Chairman of the Bishop Board.

  • Bishop Patrick Frazier Jr. remains as Bishop of the Second Episcopal Diocese.

  • Bishop N.J. Roach remains as Bishop of the Third Episcopal Diocese.
October 22, 2007
  • Bishop William E. Fuller Jr. dies at the age of 86.

December, 2007
  • Bishop Patrick Frazier Jr. is assigned to the northern half of the First Episcopal Diocese.

  • Bishop N.J. Roarch is assigned to the southern half of the First Episcopal Diocese.
June 15 - June 20, 2010
  • The Thirtieth Quadrennial Session of the General Council meets in Greenville, South Carolina.

  • Mother Mary E. Nesbit remains the National Chairlady of the Sisters of Charity assigned to the Second Episcopal Diocese.

  • Jr. Mother Lillie Mae Grissett is elevated to National Mother of the First Episcopal Diocese.

  • Mother Margaret Watson remains National Mother of the Third Episcopal Diocese.

  • District President Sister Gwendolyn Johnson is elevated to National Jr. Mother and assigned to the First Episcopal Diocese.

  • Jr. Mother Eula Shinholter is assigned to the Second Episcopal Diocese.

  • Reverend Jacqueline Elliott is elevated to National Jr. Mother and assigned to the Third Episcopal Diocese.

  • Sister Miriam Harris is appointed National YPI Supervisor of the Third Episcopal Diocese.

  • Sister Sharon James is appointed National Jr. Missionary Directress of the First Episcopal Diocese.

  • District President Inez Davis is appointed International Directress of Foreign Mission.

  • Sister Elease Davis remains National Directress of Home Mission.

  • Dr. Etheleen Lawson is appointed National Directress of Religious Education on the First Episcopal Diocese.

  • Sister Janice R. Jones is appointed National Directress of Religious Education on the Second Episcopal Diocese.

  • Dr. R. Stone is appointed National Directress of Religious Education on the Third Episcopal Diocese.

  • Sister Salley Ellerby is appointed National Diocese Secretary on the First Episcopal Diocese.

  • Sister Dianne Raiford is appointed National Diocese Secretary on the Second Episcopal Diocese.

  • Sister Shervena Terry is appointed National Diocese Secretary on the Third Episcopal Diocese.

  • Bishop Patrick L. Frazier Jr. is elected Bishop of the First Episcopal Diocese and Chairman of the Bishop Board.

  • Elder J.L Davis is elected Bishop of the Second Episcopal Diocese.

  • Elder A.L. Rodgers is elected Bishop of the Third Episcopal Diocese.

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