Greece is the country where the concept of democracy was
birthed (Pericles) and philosophy was developed (Socrates, Platon, etc.). She
gave birth to Alexander the Great of Macedonia (330 BC) who spread Greek
literature throughout the whole world.
The Lord honored the Greek language with the New Testament
being written in it.
Pentecost in Greece in the 1st Century
The apostles Paul, Silas and others
who were also Jewish disciples of Jesus, along with the Greek disciples, Titus
and Timothy (Titus 1:5; 2 Corinthians 7:6), brought to Greece the message of the
Crucified One as well as the experience of Pentecost (Acts 16--18; 1 Corinthians
They first visited northern Greece (Macedonia) by way of
Neapolis (modern day Kavala) Acts:16:11. They preached the Gospel in Philippi,
Thessalonica, and Berea. From northern Greece they traveled to southern Greece
and ministered in Athens and Corinth.
John, the Jewish apostle of Jesus
Christ, was exiled to the Greek island of Patmos (Revelation 1:9). He was among
the 120 who were all baptized with the Holy Spirit on the day of Pentecost. Even
though he had been laughed at and rejected by many, he preached the Gospel of
Jesus by the power of the Holy Spirit.
Pentecost in Greece in the 20th century.
Founders of the Work in Greece
throughout Greece in the 1st century and then outward to Europe by both Greeks
and Jews (Illyricum, Romans 15:19; Dalmatia, 2 Timothy 4:10). Pentecost came
again to Greece through Greeks in the 20th century.
The first Greek
pioneer for God was Dimitrios Katrisiosis. In 1924 he left his
home village of Vagia and traveled throughout Greece preaching the message of
God's salvation through Jesus Christ and His work on the Cross. He was
persecuted and exiled.
preached the Gospel of Jesus Christ in Athens in 1927. During this time
the first Greek Pentecostal church was established in Athens in the Petralona
In 1930, Charalambos
Mamalis preached the Gospel with miracles following throughout Greece. In 1931,
Aristotelis Dictiopoulos also preached the Gospel with miracles following
throughout Greece. Both emphasized the Baptism in the Holy Spirit in their
became the pastor of the largest Pentecostal church in Athens, which was located
on Aiolou Street. Dictiopoulos established the Pentecostal church in Katerini,
which is in northern Greece.
In 1950, Theodoros
Davis and his wife Mary established a Pentecostal church on Sofokleos
Street, Athens. God blessed them because they worked with dignity and sacrifice.
Greek Martyrs for Christ In the 20th Century
Many Greek servants of God were persecuted for their
faith. Some were beaten, some imprisoned, some exiled and there were those who
were martyred. These servants of God all played a very important role in
building the work of the Pentecostal Church in Greece. Some of these were: S.
Konstantinidis, H. Kourpas, P. Zachariou, A. Samalis, T. and J. Sidiropoulos, T.
Dimitriadis, E. Fotiou, and C. Papaloukas. They are now in the presence of
The Pentecostal Church
in Greece in the 21st Century
Today the Pentecostal Church in Greece numbers about
12,000 members. There are approximately 200 churches along with an equal number
of house churches located throughout the villages and cities of Greece.
The Pentecostal church includes the following:
Apostolic Church of Pentecost, which is affiliated with the Assemblies of
Apostolic Church of Christ, which is affiliated with the International
The Church of God of the Full Gospel, which is affiliated with Church of
The Church of God of Prophesy, which is affiliated with the Church of God
of Prophecy worldwide.
(The above churches are in fellowship with many other independent
Pentecostal churches in Greece.)
Free Apostolic Church of Pentecost. These churches do not fellowship nor
cooperate with the other Pentecostal churches in Greece nor abroad.
2. The Belief of the Pentecostal Church
The "belief" of the Greek Pentecostal Church is based upon the
Bible. It is in agreement with the “Approved” Creed as determined by the two
Ecumenical Church Councils.
The first 30 years
of the Pentecostal Church history (1926--1956) tell a story of persecution. Many
were imprisoned and others were exiled to the island of Makronisos.
Today, we enjoy
more religious freedom. Previously the official church, Eastern Orthodox, and
the State reluctantly gave permission for Pentecostal churches to operate
legally. The process of receiving permission from the Ministry of Education and
Religion to operate as a church is becoming easier.
4. The Spreading of the Gospel
The preaching of the Gospel is taking place in churches,
houses, city squares, through local TV stations and also through radio. Many
newspapers and magazines are being published as well. Most of the country has
the potential to be reached through the media. There are also two Bible Schools
in Athens. One is the Hellenic Theological School and the other is “Domata”
Missionary work and mercy ministries are currently taking
place in the Balkans, Honduras and Nepal. Missionary D. Peponis served in China
for many years. Today, Missionary Chris Moukas is serving in Bulgaria.
Many churches help the poor and the refugees by giving
them clothing, food, and places to stay. Visitation takes place in prisons,
orphanages, and homes for the elderly, and to the earthquake victims. The Pan
Hellenic Mission assists and takes care of the outcasts, drug addicted, etc. The
Pentecostal church also gives to humanitarian aid associations such as UNICEF
and "Doctors without Borders."