Eglise Presbyterienne Camerounaise Orthodoxe
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Orthodox Presbyterian Church of Cameroon
B.P. 1418
Cameroon (Africa)
Telephone: +237 230-29-86
Email: epco@iccnet.cm
Address-No.: 12105 / 1033

Information in the internet:

URL: http://www.iccnet.cm/epco
Languages of the website: French, English

This Church resulted from a breakaway from the EPC (cf. no. 3). In January 1967, a group of pastors left the 10th General Assembly of the EPC in protest against a series of decisions with ecumenical implications — joining the WCC, starting union negotiations, and founding a jointly run theological college in Douala. Under the leadership of Pastor Jean Andjongo they started the Eglise Presbytérienne Initiale. In February 1967 the EPC appealed to court denouncing the illegal appropriation of churches, manses, and schools by the new church. In December 1967, a court message began to circulate indicating that the court had decided in favor of the Eglise Presbytérienne Initiale. It turned out that the message originated, in fact, from a catechist by the name of Billé Ze Etienne in Douala. The authorities took severe action and arrested more than 100 pastors and laypeople. After a few months they were released, with the exception of Andjongo and Billé Ze Etienne, who were sentenced, respectively, to two and four years of imprisonment. The EPC was prepared to readmit the secessionist group, but they remained separate. It was encouraged and supported by anti-ecumenical groups in the US and Europe, in particular the ICCC. Initially the government sought to prevent outside support. In 1970 the Church was officially registered. The name Eglise Presbytérienne Initiale was changed into the present name, and in the following decades the church experienced considerable growth.

Further languages:
Boulou, Bassa

National association:
National Secretariat of Protestant Private Education

4 nursery schools, 13 primary schools, 2 secundary schools
12 teachers in the nursery schools, 51 teachers in the primary schools, 35 professors in the secondary schools
The church has an Education secretariat.

Diaconal institution:
12 diaconal institutes

Statistic data of church

total: 382933
admitted to participate in the Lord's Supper: 130455
(conventionally): 163
house fellowships
(Number of growing parishes): 365
Ordained clergy
total: 102
Men: 102
women´s ordination
total: 704
Men: 645
Women: 59 
total: 1410
Men: 156
Women: 1254
  deacons available
total: 2
Men: 1
Women: 1
missionaries do not working abroad
Baptismal practise
infant and believer´s baptism
no godparents
Lord's Supper
Frequency per annum: 3
Newspapers/ Periodicals
no publication of magazines
Theological training facilities

Number: 1

Schools providing general education
other schools
Founded in
Organizational structures
12 Presbyteries, 3 Synods, General Assemby
Traditional type
  • presbyterian
Official languages
  • French
Languages during church services
  • French
  • Apostles´ Creed
  • Westminster Confession (1646/47)
Partner churches


last update: 13.02.2004
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