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The Evangelical Free Baptist Church
was incorporated in Du Page County, Illinois in 1978. The group was formed by churches that withdrew from the Southern Baptist Convention
The Southern Baptist Convention is a United States-based Christian denomination. It is the world's largest Baptist denomination and the largest Protestant body in the United States, with over 16 million members...
, following a doctrinal dispute in 1952. It presently has approximately 3,000 to 5,000 churches worldwide and about 50,000 members. Headquarters are in North Aurora, Illinois
North Aurora is village in Kane County, Illinois, United States. A suburb of Chicago, its population was 15,848 at the 2009 census.In its early history, North Aurora was known as "Schneider's Mill" or "Schneider's Crossing" after John Peter Schneider, a German immigrant who established a mill and...
. A General Conference is held annually. It operates an orphanage in India as well as other covert ministries in countries where Christianity is not welcomed. Its ministry consists of establishing ministries and churches, examining candidates for ordination through a College of Bishops as well as an ordination council, and aiding the local churches in cooperative fellowship. The Evangelical Free Baptist Church, dba EFBC
accepts the inspiration of the Scriptures, the Virgin Birth, death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ, baptism for obedience and the Lord's supper as a memorial, and eternal punishment for sinners and eternal happiness for saints. The operational mode of the organization leans toward the operation of the apostolic as defined in the book of Acts.