Organization History

The Fire Baptized Holiness Church of God of the Americas
Our church organization was founded by William Edward Fuller Sr. in 1898.

Our church exists:
  • For the deepening of our spiritual life, so that all our members may attain and impress every Christian believer to seek the highest Christian experience possible in this life.
  • To ordain Elders, Pastors, Evangelists, Missionaries, Deacons, and Teachers; divinely called and set apart according to their gifts and calling, who shall be required to teach and preach what we believe in our organization.
  • To enforce the sacraments enacted by Christ and practiced by the Holy Apostles and Fathers of the early church, such as baptism, and administration of the Lord's Supper followed by ordinances (1) washing of the saints' feet, (2) solemnizing matrimony, (3) burying the dead and other ordinances.

The form of church government that our organization takes is that of episcopacy. Our head officials are called bishops. The area over which a bishop presides is called a diocese. The diocese is divided into districts which are headed by presiding elders. We have three (3) bishops presiding over three dioceses comprised (summarily) of 32 districts.
Bishop Patrick L. Frazier Jr. is the presiding prelate of the First Episcopal Diocese.

Bishop Johnny L. Davis is the presiding prelate of the Second Episcopal Diocese.

Bishop Alonzo L. Rodgers is the presiding prelate of the Third Episcopal Diocese.
Our General Church headquarters is located at 901 Bishop William Edward Fuller, Sr. Highway in Greenville, South Carolina. The General Church has the responsibility of providing leadership at all levels of clergy participation including pastoral. Missionaries are sent out under the auspices of the General Church. Our church has always believed that there is neither male nor female in Christ. Women are licensed to preach and are appointed as pastors. In the early history of our church women also served as elders.
To learn more about our church organization you may visit
or you may read:

"Introducing the Fire Baptized Holiness Church of God of the Americas - A Study Manual" written by Bishop Patrick L. Frazier, Jr. 
(Note: Portions of the Study Manual are available on this web site.
You need Adobe Acrobat Reader to view the manual.  Download the free reader).

"The Fire Baptized Holiness Church of God of the Americas - Pictorial and Historical Events In Retrospect - A Treatise on National Officers: Past and Present"
by: Dr. Anne W. Fannin