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Worldwide Church of Jesus Christ

Celebrating over 37 years in Gospel ministry

Since 1980

Historic Succession Begins with the Ministry of Jesus

Succession begins with Jesus Baptism and then to the Apostles and early Christianity as a Jewish sect 30-60 a.d. continuing to the Roman Catholic Church in (60 a.d.) followed by Chronological connection to the Lutheran Church in Germany (1517) to the Finnish Lutheran Church, Finland in (1558) to the Finnish Evangelical Lutheran Church of America, (Suomi Synod) Michigan USA in (1876) to Christian Alliance Ministries/ Worldwide Church of Jesus Christ, (1980 to present). 

Early Church Bishops of Rome Are Recorded in Succession through the Transition to Martin Luther and Original Lutheranism from Germany to Scandinavia and Then as the Finnish Lutheran Church (Suomi Synod) to Michigan in the U.S.A. in 1876  * See List

*The Apostle Peter was first the Bishop of Antioch before becoming the Bishop of Rome in 60 a.d. Together, the Apostle's Paul and Peter founded the Church at Rome.

  1. St. Peter (33-67) *James, the brother of Jesus was first Bishop of Jerusalem
  2. St. Linus (67-76)
  3. St. Anacletus (Cletus) (76-88)
  4. St. Clement I (88-97)
  5. St. Evaristus (97-105)
  6. St. Alexander I (105-115)  * Name "Catholic Church" first recorded by Ignatius of Antioch in 110 a.d. in a letter to the Church at Smyrma.
  7. St. Sixtus I (115-125) ( Xystus I )
  8. St. Telesphorus (125-136)
  9. St. Hyginus (136-140)
  10. St. Pius I (140-155)
  11. St. Anicetus (155-166)
  12. St. Soter (166-175)
  13. St. Eleutherius (175-189)
  14. St. Victor I (189-199)
  15. St. Zephyrinus (199-217)
  16. St. Callistus I (217-22)
  17. St. Urban I (222-30)
  18. St. Pontain (230-35)
  19. St. Anterus (235-36)
  20. St. Fabian (236-50)
  21. St. Cornelius (251-53)
  22. St. Lucius I (253-54)
  23. St. Stephen I (254-257)
  24. St. Sixtus II (257-258)
  25. St. Dionysius (260-268)
  26. St. Felix I (269-274)
  27. St. Eutychian (275-283)
  28. St. Caius (283-296) ( Gaius )
  29. St. Marcellinus (296-304)
  30. St. Marcellus I (308-309)
  31. St. Eusebius (309 or 310)
  32. St. Miltiades (311-14)
  33. St. Sylvester I (314-35)
  34. St. Marcus (336)
  35. St. Julius I (337-52)
  36. Liberius (352-66)
  37. St. Damasus I (366-83)
  38. St. Siricius (384-99)  *Rome legally recognizes name "Catholic Church".
  39. St. Anastasius I (399-401)
  40. St. Innocent I (401-17)
  41. St. Zosimus (417-18)
  42. St. Boniface I (418-22)
  43. St. Celestine I (422-32)
  44. St. Sixtus III (432-40)
  45. St. Leo I (the Great) (440-61)
  46. St. Hilarius (461-68)
  47. St. Simplicius (468-83)
  48. St. Felix III (II) (483-92)
  49. St. Gelasius I (492-96)
  50. Anastasius II (496-98)
  51. St. Symmachus (498-514)
  52. St. Hormisdas (514-23)
  53. St. John I (523-26)
  54. St. Felix IV (III) (526-30)
  55. Boniface II (530-32)
  56. John II (533-35)
  57. St. Agapetus I (535-36) (Agapitus I)
  58. St. Silverius (536-37)
  59. Vigilius (537-55)
  60. Pelagius I (556-61)
  61. John III (561-74)
  62. Benedict I (575-79)
  63. Pelagius II (579-90)
  64. St. Gregory I (the Great) (590-604)
  65. Sabinian (604-606)
  66. Boniface III (607)
  67. St. Boniface IV (608-15)
  68. St. Deusdedit (Adeodatus I) (615-18)
  69. Boniface V (619-25)
  70. Honorius I (625-38)
  71. Severinus (640)
  72. John IV (640-42)
  73. Theodore I (642-49)
  74. St. Martin I (649-55)
  75. St. Eugene I (655-57)
  76. St. Vitalian (657-72)
  77. Adeodatus (II) (672-76)
  78. Donus (676-78)
  79. St. Agatho (678-81)
  80. St. Leo II (682-83)
  81. St. Benedict II (684-85)
  82. John V (685-86)
  83. Conon (686-87)
  84. St. Sergius I (687-701)
  85. John VI (701-05)
  86. John VII (705-07)
  87. Sisinnius (708)
  88. Constantine (708-15)
  89. St. Gregory II (715-31)
  90. St. Gregory III (731-41)
  91. St. Zachary (741-52)
  92. Stephen II (752) -- *Because he died before being consecrated, some lists (including the Vatican's official list) omit him.
  93. Stephen III (752-57)
  94. St. Paul I (757-67)
  95. Stephen IV (767-72)
  96. Adrian I (772-95)
  97. St. Leo III (795-816)
  98. Stephen V (816-17)
  99. St. Paschal (817-24)
  100. Eugene II (824-27)
  101. Valentine (827)
  102. Gregory IV (827-44)
  103. Sergius II (844-47)
  104. St. Leo IV (847-55)
  105. Benedict III (855-58)
  106. St. Nicholas I (the Great) (858-67)
  107. Adrian II (867-72)
  108. John VIII (872-82)
  109. Marinus I (882-84)
  110. St. Adrian III (884-85)
  111. Stephen VI (885-91)
  112. Formosus (891-96)
  113. Boniface VI (896)
  114. Stephen VII (896-97)
  115. Romanus (897)
  116. Theodore II (897)
  117. John IX (898-900)
  118. Benedict IV (900-03)
  119. Leo V (903)
  120. Sergius III (904-11)
  121. Anastasius III (911-13)
  122. Lando (913-14)
  123. John X (914-28)
  124. Leo VI (928)
  125. Stephen VIII (929-31)
  126. John XI (931-35)
  127. Leo VII (936-39)
  128. Stephen IX (939-42)
  129. Marinus II (942-46)
  130. Agapetus II (946-55)
  131. John XII (955-63)
  132. Leo VIII (963-64)
  133. Benedict V (964)
  134. John XIII (965-72)
  135. Benedict VI (973-74)
  136. Benedict VII (974-83)
  137. John XIV (983-84)
  138. John XV (985-96)
  139. Gregory V (996-99)
  140. Sylvester II (999-1003)
  141. John XVII (1003)
  142. John XVIII (1003-09)
  143. Sergius IV (1009-12)
  144. Benedict VIII (1012-24)
  145. John XIX (1024-32)
  146. Benedict IX (1032-45)
  147. Sylvester III (1045) -- *Considered by some to be an antipope
  148. Benedict IX (1045)
  149. Gregory VI (1045-46)
  150. Clement II (1046-47)
  151. Benedict IX (1047-48)
  152. Damasus II (1048)
  153. St. Leo IX (1049-54)
  154. Victor II (1055-57)
  155. Stephen X (1057-58)
  156. Nicholas II (1058-61)
  157. Alexander II (1061-73)
  158. St. Gregory VII (1073-85)
  159. Blessed Victor III (1086-87)
  160. Blessed Urban II (1088-99)
  161. Paschal II (1099-1118)
  162. Gelasius II (1118-19)
  163. Callistus II (1119-24)
  164. Honorius II (1124-30)
  165. Innocent II (1130-43)
  166. Celestine II (1143-44)
  167. Lucius II (1144-45)
  168. Blessed Eugene III (1145-53)
  169. Anastasius IV (1153-54)
  170. Adrian IV (1154-59)
  171. Alexander III (1159-81)
  172. Lucius III (1181-85)
  173. Urban III (1185-87)
  174. Gregory VIII (1187)
  175. Clement III (1187-91)
  176. Celestine III (1191-98)
  177. Innocent III (1198-1216)
  178. Honorius III (1216-27)
  179. Gregory IX (1227-41)
  180. Celestine IV (1241)
  181. Innocent IV (1243-54)
  182. Alexander IV (1254-61)
  183. Urban IV (1261-64)
  184. Clement IV (1265-68)
  185. Blessed Gregory X (1271-76)
  186. Blessed Innocent V (1276)
  187. Adrian V (1276)
  188. John XXI (1276-77)
  189. Nicholas III (1277-80)
  190. Martin IV (1281-85)
  191. Honorius IV (1285-87)
  192. Nicholas IV (1288-92)
  193. St. Celestine V (1294)
  194. Boniface VIII (1294-1303)
  195. Blessed Benedict XI (1303-04)
  196. Clement V (1305-14)
  197. John XXII (1316-34)
  198. Benedict XII (1334-42)
  199. Clement VI (1342-52)
  200. Innocent VI (1352-62)
  201. Blessed Urban V (1362-70)
  202. Gregory XI (1370-78)
  203. Urban VI (1378-89)
  204. Boniface IX (1389-1404)
  205. Innocent VII (1404-06)
  206. Gregory XII (1406-15)
  207. Martin V (1417-31)
  208. Eugene IV (1431-47)
  209. Nicholas V (1447-55)
  210. Callistus III (1455-58)
  211. Pius II (1458-64)
  212. Paul II (1464-71)
  213. Sixtus IV (1471-84)
  214. Innocent VIII (1484-92)
  215. Alexander VI (1492-1503)
  216. Pius III (1503)
  217. Julius II (1503-13)
  218. Leo X (1513-21) *Excommunicated Martin Luther from Catholic Church

    Lutheran Bishop Germany  (Founder)

  1. Martin Luther  1517-1547

 Lutheran Bishops of  Turku  (Finland)

  1. Mikael Agricola 1554-1557  *Studied and met Luther 1536, Germany
  2. Petrus Follingius 1558-1563
  3. Paulus Juusten 1563-1575
  4. Ericus Erici Sorolainen 1583-1625
  5. Isacius Rothovius 1627-1652
  6. Eskillus Petraeus 1652-1657
  7. Johannes Terserus 1658-1664
  8. Johannes Gezelius the elder 1664-1690
  9. Johannes Gezelius the youger 1690-1718
  10. Herman Witte 1721-1728
  11. Lars Tammelin 1728-1733
  12. Jonas Fahlenius 1734-1748
  13. Johan Browallius 1748-1755
  14. Karl Fredrik Mennander 1757-1775
  15. Jakob Haartman 1776-1788
  16. Jakob Gadolin 1788-1802
  17. Jakob Tengström 1803-1817

Lutheran Archbishops of Turku  (Finland)

Bishop of Turku was elevated to archepiscopal rank in 1817.

  1. Jakob Tengström 1817-1832
  2. Erik Gabriel Melartin 1833-1847
  3. Edvard Bergenheim 1850-1884 

Finnish Lutheran Church Michigan, USA

* Continued pure use of the liturgy of the Finnish Lutheran Church from Finland

  1. Alfred E. Backman  1844-1909 *1st From Finland 1876  *Begin Birth/Death years
  2. Dr. JJ Hoikka  1854-1917                 *First Lutheran ordained in USA
  3. Johan Kustaa Nikander  1845-1919  *Apostle to America from Finland 1885
  4. JW Eloheimo  1845-1913  *Bishops: Nikander, Hoikka, Eloheimo and KL Tolonen, organized the  Finnish Evangelical Lutheran Church of  America and the Suomi Synod in 1890
  5. Alfred Haaponnen   1874-1950   * Bishop/ President of Suomi Synod 1922-1950
  6. Reuben Kauppila  1914-1986  * Apostolic in Finnish Lutheran Church until 1986 *Bishop; Howard M. Sarkela was Baptized as a Finnish Lutheran in Michigan by Rev. Kauppila and founded the Worldwide Church of Jesus Christ in Michingan.

    The founding of the Worldwide Church of Jesus Christ:

    Even as Martin Luther departed the Catholic Church and formed the original Lutheran Church based on his belief in Justification by Faith alone (Romans 1:17 and Habbakuk 2:4), Bishop; Sarkela who is a Finnish American and baptized in the Finnish Lutheran Church "Suomi Synod" of Michigan, departed the Lutheran Church and later formed the conservative evangelical (non-liturgical) "Worldwide Church of Jesus Christ" (WCJC) in response to a life changing awakening through which the Holy Spirit illumined to Bishop; Howard M. Sarkela, the need to maintain the integrity of God's Church and to keep intact the original declaration of the "Suomi Synod" as well as the perpetual integrity of historic "Apostolic Succession" as undefiled.

    *Sadly, the former Finnish Lutheran Church through merger, did compromise the integrity of the "Suomi Synod" by accepting liberal, humanistic doctrines which defile the intention of our Lord Jesus Christ regarding the sanctity of His Church. it is sad that numerous large denominations such as Lutherans and Episcopalians etc. are siding with blasphemous liberal inspired doctrine which is the fulfillment of Biblical prophesy that the time would come when many would not endure sound doctrine, but wanting to have their ears tickled, would turn away from the truth. *II Timothy 4:3.  *paraphrase from New American Standard Version

    So, By the Grace of our Lord In 1980, under inspiration of the Holy Spirit with our Lord's purpose to protect the perpetual integrity of His Apostolic succession from the beginning of His early Church throughout the ages, a new denomination known as the Worldwide Church of Jesus Christ was born. Today the WCJC has thousands of affiliated Churches in approximately 40 countries worldwide. The WCJC claims "Sola Scriptura" the Holy Bible alone as it's only doctrinal source  and not the humanist doctrines of men, while continuing to recognize the original declaration of the former undefiled Finnish Lutheran's "Suomi Synod" of Michigan, which states; "the Suomi Synod maintains as the highest principle of confession that the Holy Word of God is the only rule and standard by which all doctrines of the Church are to be tried and judged".

    In obedience to the direction given by our Lord's Holy Spirit to Bishop; Howard M. Sarkela, The WCJC seeks to continue the simple pattern of our Lord's early Church, as established by Jesus and His Apostles, prior to the influence of tradition and the humanist doctrines of men, recognizing as our obligation, specifically; obedience to the "Great Commission" (Matthew 28:18-20). The WCJC recognizes the Bible as the inspired and infallible Word of God and as the Lord's complete revelation. The lineage as recorded in our WCJC document of historic Apostolic succession is intended as a perpetual undefiled record.

*Worldwide Church of Jesus Christ  Michigan, USA 

  1. Dr. Howard M. Sarkela  (1951-      )  *Founder, Presiding Bishop WCJC 1980
  2. Dr. Samuel Galloza        (1965-      )  *Bishop WCJC / CAM 2004
  3. Dr. Jefferson Ghauri       (1979-      )  *Bishop WCJC / CAM 2005
  4. Dr. Teodoro Garvida    (1945-    )  *Bishop WCJC / CAM 2007
  5. Dr. Seth Lagunda       (1965-    )   *Bishop WCJC / CAM 2009
  6. * Succession continues to ordained WCJC Bishops

*The WCJC identifies with the early New Testament Church as a Jewish sect in 30-60 a.d prior to establishment of the "Universal" Apostolic Church at Rome in 60 a.d. later known as the Catholic Church in 110 a.d and legally recognized after 384 a.d. Martin Luther founder Lutheran Church in 1517 a.d. Finnish Lutheran succession begins in 1554 and later to America in 1876. Continuing as the WCJC since 1980.

Jesus said: “But as many as received Him, to them He gave power to become SONS of God”.    (John 1:12) 

The Apostles Creed

I believe in God, the Father Almighty,
    the Creator of heaven and earth,
    and in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord:

Who was conceived of the Holy Spirit,
    born of the Virgin Mary,
    suffered under Pontius Pilate,
    was crucified, died, and was buried.                                                                                    He descended into hell.

The third day He arose again from the dead.

He ascended into heaven
    and sits at the right hand of God the Father Almighty,
    whence He shall come to judge the living and the dead.

I believe in the Holy Spirit, the Holy Apostolic Christian Church,
    the communion of saints,
    the forgiveness of sins,
    the resurrection of the body,
    and life everlasting.  Amen.

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