The OMS Holiness Church was created as an outgrowth of the Oriental Missionary Society. In 1901, OMS was birthed in a storefront building in the heart of Tokyo, Japan. American missionaries Charles and Lettie Cowman (Lettie was the author of the best-selling devotional, ‘Streams in the Desert‘) partnered with a Japanese minister, Juji Nakada, holding Christian evangelistic meetings for 2,000 consecutive nights. Before long, Japanese churches were organized, and the new association, the Japan Holiness Church (JHC), grew rapidly.
The Japanese Holiness Church in the USA was founded by six Japanese men and women in their early 20’s. All but one were immigrants, born and raised in Japan. There was also one American-born Japanese in the founding group. The young people prayed for the salvation of the Japanese immigrants living and working in the US. This gave birth to a vision to start their own church. These young men and women founded Los Angeles Holiness Church in April 1921 in a small house near 36th Place and Denker in an area just west of the University of Southern California campus.
In 1936, meetings were conducted in various West Los Angeles area homes. These meetings were to become the foundation of the West Los Angeles Holiness Church which was officially founded in 1955.
The Holiness Church of North America is also affiliated with the Japan Holiness Church, One Mission Society (formerly OMS – Oriental Missionary Society), and other sister Holiness Conferences such as the Evangelical Holiness Church of Brazil, Taiwan Holiness Church, and Korea Evangelical Holiness Church.
Who we are
The larger OMS Holiness Church of North America is a conference of churches composed of and finding its substance and purpose through its local fellowships. Our churches are made up of those who have been invited into a restored and intimate relationship with God by virtue of His mercy and grace through Jesus Christ, His Son.
Having been saved and called into being by the grace of God, we are a congregation compelled by the love of Jesus Christ to share the Good News of His grace with all in our world; this is our highest calling; this is our greatest joy. We affirm that all members of our church are called to, and gifted for, ministry in the Body of Christ, including those whom God has called and gifted to serve our congregation as pastors, whose ministry is to teach the Word and to shepherd and equip those under his care.
The OMS Holiness Church of North America has neither an historic nor current association with the International Pentecostal Holiness Church.
What we believe
As a member church of the OMS Holiness Church of North America, we affirm the following:
A. The Trinity
The Trinity is one God eternally and equally existing in three Persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. These three are of precisely identical nature, attributes and perfection.
God the Father – God, the Father Almighty, Creator, Preserver, and Ruler of the universe; His essential nature is Spirit, His essential attribute is absolutely holy, and His essential character is love.
God the Son, Jesus Christ – Jesus Christ, the eternal Son, was conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary, thereby having a fully divine nature and a fully human nature in one person, and is the only mediator between God and man. To accomplish salvation, He lived a sinless life, completely fulfilling righteousness and offered Himself a substitutionary sacrifice for the sin of the world, satisfying divine justice. He was crucified under Pontius Pilate, died, and was buried. On the third day, He arose bodily from the dead. He ascended into heaven where in His glorified state He intercedes for believers. He shall come again personally and visibly to judge the world in righteousness and to establish His Kingdom.
God the Holy Spirit – The Holy Spirit is the third Person of the Trinity. His ministry is to reveal Christ through the Word of God, to fulfill salvation in the regeneration and sanctification of believers, to direct and empower the church in the fulfillment of the Great Commission, and to convict the world of sin, of righteousness, and of judgment.
B. The Bible
The Bible, both the Old and the New Testaments, the Word of God, is a divinely inspired revelation; it is without error in its original manuscripts. It is the supreme and final authority in matters pertaining to faith and practice.
Man was created in the image of God but he disobeyed God, thereby incurring spiritual death, which is separation from God. Man is saved from the condition of spiritual death only by the grace of God through faith in Christ and His redemptive act and the ministry of the Holy Spirit. His spiritual growth and maturity is initiated by God’s Spirit and by a conscious act of dedication on the part of the believer and is effected by the indwelling of the Holy Spirit.
Salvation is based solely on the grace and love of God through the shed blood of Jesus Christ. Man never gains salvation by his merit or deeds. It is only received by grace through faith in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior because of His redeeming work on the cross. Through salvation the believer is forgiven of sin, becomes a child of God, is empowered for godly living and service, receives eternal life and an everlasting relationship with God in Heaven, and is saved from God’s wrath and Hell.
E. The Church
The Church consists of all who have received salvation by grace through faith in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior and have been united into one body under Jesus Christ, who is the Head of the Church. The Church is called to make disciples of every nation and people by the instruction of the Word, by the fellowship of believers, by the practice of ordinances specifically baptism and communion, by loving service and by the sharing of the Gospel.