Our Story

Origin of the Apostolic Faith Church

The Apostolic Faith work had its beginning in the early part of the twentieth century during a worldwide spiritual awakening. Believers living in the United States heard about the remarkable revival in Wales where 100,000 people had converted to Christianity in the months prior to June of 1905. A feeling of expectancy began to grow among Christian leaders and workers who had been praying for the latter rain outpouring of the Holy Spirit, as promised by the Old Testament prophet Joel. The amazing reports from Wales fueled hope that the end-time revival had indeed begun. The prayers of these earnest seekers were answered when the long-awaited Pentecostal outpouring came in April of 1906 upon a group of saved and sanctified people in Los Angeles, California. Known as the Azusa Revival, the infilling of the Holy Spirit empowered many for Christian service and created an evangelistic fervor that extended worldwide.

The Apostolic Faith Church sprang from the Azusa Revival. Our founder, Florence Crawford, received the infilling of the Holy Spirit at Azusa and in 1908 moved to Portland, Oregon, and established this ministry. Since then, the work has grown to include hundreds of churches on six continents.

Our organization is conservative in nature, following a tradition of Wesleyan holiness practiced by those whom the Holy Spirit descended on at Azusa.

The purpose in founding this religious organization was to maintain and teach all the doctrines as taught by Christ and by His Apostles in the days of the Early Church, and to spread the Gospel in its fullness to people of every land.
The Azusa Street Mission (1906)

Beginning of the Medford branch church

The Medford Apostolic Faith work began in 1917 and the property for our first location on North Central Avenue was acquired in 1937. The building at our current location (285 Sunrise Avenue) was completed in August 1986. 
Our current location (285 Sunrise Avenue)