The Free Evangelical Church of Patras (F.E.C.P) belongs to the greater family of Protestant and/or Evangelical Churches that represent the 24,5% of Christian denominations worldwide, with the Catholic Churches having the 56,3 % and the Eastern Orthodox Churches the 10%. In Greece the F.E.C.P. belongs to the “Free Evangelical Church Society”, a group of approximately 50 churches that have similar beliefs and function in an environment that grants liberties in the management and church life of each church. The F.E.C.P. is sustaining itself by the graceful donations of its members. Its ministers are not paid and come from all spectrums of professions.
The F.E.C.P. finds its roots in the major reformations that took place in Europe in the 16th century, with the most known being that of Martin Luther but also in earlier reformation attempts that took place during the Byzantine times. F.EC.P.’s history began more than 100 years ago due to the efforts of Theofanis Zafeiropoulos, a dentist who abandoned a promising career in Switzerland and came to his birth country and started preaching the Gospel and encouraging his listeners to live according to the values and teachings of the Bible. This is also what the members of the F.E.C.P. are doing to this day.
We feel very familiar with all people who, regardless of their Christian doctrine or creed, are seeking God with honest hearts and try to live according to His teachings. We feel that during these times, where atheism and de-Christianization are progressing, there should be a large and fruitful area of collaboration among all Christians. We are also open to any such effort that lies on the principles of mutual respect and mutual interests and aspirations.
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