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June 11 in Christian History

Jun 11, 2007 08:47 AM EDT

June 11

1739: English founder of Methodism John Wesley stated in his journal: "I look upon all the world as my parish."

1799: Richard Allen (1760-1831), first African- American bishop in the U.S., was ordained a deacon of the Methodist Episcopal Church in Philadelphia.

1850: Birth of David C. Cook, pioneer developer of Sunday School curriculum. In 1875, Cook founded the David C. Cook Publishing Co., headquartered today in Elgin, Illinois.

1918: Brazil's first Pentecostal Church was established by missionaries Daniel Berg and Adolf Gunnar Vingren. The new congregation was registered as an "Assembly of God" church.

1936: The Presbyterian Church of America (PCA) was organized in Philadelphia. In 1938 the denomination changed its name to the Orthodox Presbyterian Church.

Source: William D. Blake. Almanac of the Christian Church, Minneapolis: Bethany House, 1987.