WhO Are we?
The Church At Rock Hill was officially established with the State of South Carolina in 1996. It is a Christian church which emphasizes the studying of the Bible. "Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth."- II Timothy 2:15. It is affiliated with an organization of churches that are located throughout the United States and in several countries outside the U.S. We are known simply as The Body of Christ, established in the early 1900s. The forefather to the Body of Christ is William Sowders (1879-1952), who began his ministry in approximately 1914.
In general, "The Body of Christ", is a biblical phrase used to denote all Christian believers. However, relevant to our specific Christian society (which can be understood as being equivalent to what is generally known as a Christian denomination) the phrase is also a proper name which we use to denote our overall local, national, and international affiliations. We intentionally try to avoid referring to ourselves a "denomination" or an "organization" in an effort to maintain the spirit of a "low church hierarchy" that provides foundational and stable church government, but that is also not stifling or oppressive to authentic Christian expression. The Body of Christ emphasizes being lead by the spirit of God above all things. "For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God." - Romans 8:14 - Our modern historical origin is in the Pentecostal Movement that began in the early 1900s in such places as Topeka Kansas, Hot Springs Arkansas , and the Azusa Street Mission in Los Angeles . We consist of a few hundred congregations throughout the United States and in several countries outside the U.S. We have churches located in 42 intercontinental states as well as in Haiti, Mexico, Africa, Canada, the Bahamas, the Philippians, Central America, the land formerly known as Yugoslavia, and Jerusalem.