Pentecostal World Fellowship

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Pentecostal World Fellowship

About the Pentecostal World Fellowship

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The Pentecostal World Fellowhship is a cooperative body of Pentecostal churches and groups worldwide of approved standing. It is not a legislative body to any national entity, but it is rather a coalition of commitment for the furtherance of the Gospel to the ends of the world and thus shall function as a service agent to:

  • uphold one another in prayer.
  • support and encourage one another in the task of missions and evangelism.
  • promote Christian fellowship and cooperation among Pentecostal people throughout the world.
  • provide means of consultation and cooperation among the members and related agencies.
  • share mutual concerns and insights relating to any crucial spiritual and temporal issues of the Church.
  • administer relief in times of crises.
  • promote exchange of personnel in special areas of ministry.
  • disseminate helpful information and up-to-date statistics for the benefit of the Church.
  • voice to the world and governments in defense of the faith, social justice, and persecuted believers, as the PWF.

Statement of Faith
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The Pentecostal World Fellowship has adopted the following document which crosses denominational lines to form a guiding principle for membership. Members of the PWF should subscribe to the following Statement of Faith:

We Believe:
  • the Bible to be inspired, the only infallible, authoritative Word of God;
  • that there is one God, eternally existent in three persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit;
  • in the deity of our Lord Jesus Christ, in His virgin birth, in His sinless life, in His miracles, in His vicarious atoning death through His shed blood, in His bodily resurrection, in His ascension to the right hand of the Father and in His personal return in power and glory;
  • that for the salvation of lost and sinful man regeneration by the Holy Spirit through faith in Jesus Christ is absolutely essential;
  • in the baptism of the Holy Spirit with the evidence of speaking in other tongues as the Spirit gives the utterance according to Acts 2:4, and in the operation of the spiritual gifts and ministries.
  • in the ministry of the Holy Spirit by whose indwelling the Christian is enabled to live a godly life;
  • in the resurrection of both the saved and the lost; they that are saved to eternal life and they that are lost unto the resurrection of damnation;
  • in the church of Jesus Christ and in the unity of believers;
  • in the practical application of the Christian faith in everyday experience and the need to minister to people in every area of life, which includes not only the spiritual, but also the social, political and physical.

Mission and Purpose
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Historically, the purpose of the Pentecostal World Fellowship has been to create an opportunity for a triennial gathering of Pentecostal groups to share in mutual information; support and edification called the Pentecostal World Conference. More recently a change of name and purpose was approved from one of simply chairing a Pentecostal World Conference every three years to a new set of purposes. These purposes are to:

  • encourage missions partnerships among participating Pentecostal groups.
  • speak to governments and nations on behalf of Pentecostal believers everywhere and especially in countries where persecution exists or where individual rights and freedoms are compromised for the sake of the gospel.
  • share as a Pentecostal World Fellowship in humanitarian aid through its various Pentecostal members by sharing information of assistance given and where possible to cooperate in humanitarian efforts worldwide.
  • serve as a cooperative fellowship whereby educational institutions approved by individual Pentecostal members of the Pentecostal World Fellowship would be recognized by other member groups.
  • pursue the fulfillment of the Lord’s command to evangelize the lost in the shortest possible time, providing them the opportunity to hear and respond to the gospel in all of its fullness, by encouraging and assisting one another, promoting harmonious relationships, and seeking the most effective means of its accomplishment under the dynamic leadership of the Holy Spirit.
  • emphasize worldwide prayer networks and coordinated prayer.

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Any national council or fraternal organization, which subscribes to the Statement of Faith and can substantiate such agreement through organizational statements of faith, which desires to cooperate in the work of the PWF, is eligible to apply for membership. They shall complete a membership application and submit it to the office of the chairperson with an attached recommendation letter from an Advisory Committee member representing the region of the applicant. Membership is subject to the approval of the Advisory Committee.

In accepting membership in the PWF, each member thereby accepts responsibility for assisting in the furtherance of the purpose and work of the Fellowship. There will be annual membership dues required to join, and continue in, membership in the PWF. Annual membership dues will be governed according to the criteria and rate established by the Advisory Committee of the PWF at its annual meeting.

Any independent organization or church, which desires to become a member of the PWF as a non-voting member, can apply for non-voting memberships provided they meet the same qualifications as voting members. They shall complete and submit a membership application form to the office of the chairperson with an attached recommendation letter from an Advisory Committee member representing the region of the applicant. The Advisory Committee shall act upon the application at their next meeting.

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Thomas E. Trask

Dr.Thomas E. Trask, Chairman
Dr. Trask has served the Assemblies of God as general superintendent (chief executive officers) since November 1993. Prior to his election, he served the church as its general treasurer for 5 years. He was elected chairman of the Pentecostal World Fellowship in 1998 and also served as co-chairman of the Pentecostal/Charismatic Churches of North America. He has devoted more than 25 years to the pastorate. He is passionate about the necessity for a fresh Pentecost in the 21st century.

Cornelio M. Castelo

Dr. Cornelio M. Castelo, Vice Chairman
Dr. Castelo has served the Church of God in many leadership roles, including that of field director of Mexico, Brazil, and Central America. He was instrumental in establishing the Church of God Bible School in Monterrey, Mexico and the Mexican Bible Seminary. Currently he is director of the Church of God Master of Ministry program in Mexico. Born and raised in Mexico, his rich ministry impacts the lives of thousands. He has served on the Advisory Committee of the Pentecostal World Fellowship since 1979 and was elected its vice chairman in 1998.

Dr. Prince Guneratnam, Secretary
Dr. Prince Guneratnam has been the senior pastor of Calvary Church, a strong missions church in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia since 1972. An Assemblies of God leader in Malaysia, he has recently been elected chairman of the Christian Federation of Malaysia, a body that represents the Christian community in that country. He is vice-chairman of the World Assemblies of God Fellowship. He has served on the Advisory Committee of the Pentecostal World Fellowship since 1986 and on the Presidium since 1995. He was elected secretary of the Pentecostal World Fellowship in 2001.

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Meetings have been held every three years in a key city of the world. These conferences have been conducted in Zurich (1947), Paris (1949) London (1952), Toronto (1958), Jerusalem (1961), Helsinki (1964), Rio de Janeiro (1967), Dallas, Texas (1970), Seoul (1973), London (1976), Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada (1979), Nairobi (1982), Zurich (1985), Singapore (1989), Oslo (1992), Jerusalem (1995), Seoul (1998), and Los Angeles (2001).

The advisory committee is responsible to plan and implement arrangements for the triennial conferences.

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Presidium Members

Thomas E. Trask, Chairman (USA)

Cornelio Castelo, Vice Chairman (Mexico)

Dr. Prince Guneratnam, Secretary (Malaysia)

Dr. David Yonggi Cho (Korea)

Dr. Felipe S. Ferrez (Philippines)

Dr. David Petts (England)

Dr. R. Lamar Vest (USA)

Advisory Committee

Reverend Jack-Tommy Ardenfors (Sweden)

Dr. Isak S. Burger (South Africa)

Rev. Ingolf Ellssel (Germany)

Reverend Serafin Contreras Galeano (USA)

Rev. Arto Hämäläinen (Finland)

Dr. Han Yung-Chul (Korea)

Rev. Kazuo Kikuyama (Japan)

Dr. Ernest P. Komanapalli (India)

Dr. William F. Kumuyi (Nigeria)

Reverend James D. Leggett (USA)

Bishop George McKinney (USA)

Guiseppe Melusso (Italy)

Rev. David Mohan (India)

Reverend William D. Morrow (Canada)

Dr. Paul C. Risser (USA)

Rev. Roger Skaug (Norway)

Dr. Alex Tanuseputra (Indonesia)

Dr. Matthew K. Thomas (India)

Reverend Pavel Rivis Tipei (Romania)

Reverend José Wellington (Brazil)

Dr. Ray H. Hughes, (USA) (Emeritus)