Evangelical Layman’s Church
ELC believes that the Bible is God’s written Word and the sole authority for all Christian beliefs and practices. God “desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.” (1 Timothy 2:4). Because God clearly sets out the way to salvation in the Bible, ELC has not adopted any additional articles of faith and believes that those lay persons who possess knowledge of the truth are all qualified to spread it, regardless of their profession, education, or training.
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ELC’s initial members are former members of the Evangelical Baptist Church (“EBC”) which is based in South Korea. As chapters of the EBC grew throughout South Korea and then, other parts of the world, a small chapter took root in Ann Arbor, Michigan in the late 1970s. In the course of the following 40 years, over fourty regional chapters formed in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Brazil and many more. In November 2001, these regional chapters in the United States reorganized themselves to reflect this unity by establishing themselves as one single church, the Evangelical Layman’s Church.
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Evangelical Layman’s Church (ELC) is a non-denominational Christian church dedicated to spreading the truth of the gospel. It was incorporated on November 20th, 2001 as a religious, charitable and educational organization within the meaning of section 501(c)(3) of the IRS code. From its beginnings in Korea in the 1960s, the Church has centered on the Bible’s message of salvation and has operated as a non-hierarchical assembly of laity.
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