Who we are

Charles and Lettie Cowman

 
The OMS Holiness Church was created as an outgrowth of the Oriental Missionary Society (OMS). In 1901, OMS was born in a storebront building in the heart of Tokyo, Japan. American missionaries Charles and Lettie Cowman partnered with a Japanese minister, Juji Nakada; they began holding Christian evangelistic meetings for 2,000 consecutive nights. (Lettie Cowman was the author of the best-selling devotional, Streams in the Desert.) Japanese churches were organized soon after and the a new association, the Japan Holiness Church (JHC) flourished. 
 
In the United States, the Japanese Holiness Church was founded by six Japanese men and women in their early twenties – all but one were immigrants, born and raised in Japan, and the other was an American-born Japanese. These young people prayed for the salvation of the Japanese immigrants in America, which gave birth to the vision of starting their own church.

A meeting at 36 Denker Place

 
In April 1921, they founded the Los Angeles Holiness Church in a small house near 36th Place and Denker Streeet, an area just west of the University of Southern California’s Central Los Angeles campus. 
 
By 1936, meetings were conducted in homes across West Los Angeles. These meetings became the foundation of the West Los Angeles Holiness Church (WLAHC), which was officially established in 1955. 
 
Our church celebrated its 60th Anniversary in 2015. 
 

Juji Nakada

The Holiness Church of North America is also affiliated with the Japan Holiness Church One Mission Society, formerly the Oriental Missionary Society (OMS) and other sister Holiness Conferences such as as the Evangelical Holiness Church of Brazil, Taiwan Holiness Church, and the Korea Evangelical Holiness Church. 
 
The greater OMS Holiness Church of North America is a conference of churches composed of local fellowhsips, where it finds its substance and purpose. Our churches are are made of those who are 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 los of Jese Christ to share the Good News of His grace with all in our world – this is our highest calling, our greatest joy. We affirm that all members of our church are called of and gifted for ministry in the Body of Christ, including those who God has called and gifted to serve our congregations as pastors, whose ministries are to teach the Word and shephred and equip those under his care. (The OMS Holiness Church is not currently or historically associated with the International Pentecostal Holiness Church. ) 

What We Believe

as a member of the OMS Holiness Church of North America, We Affirm the Following:
The Trinity
The Trinty is one God eternally and equally existing in three Persons: the Father, the Son, and 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 to the Virgin Mary, thereby having a fully divine nature and fully human nature in one person. He is the only mediator between God and man. To obtain salvation, He lived a sinless life, completely fulfilling righteousness, and offered Himself as a substitutionary sacrifice for the sin of the world that satisfied divine justice. He was crucified under Pontius Pilate, died, and was buried. On the third day, He arose bodily from the dead and ascended to heaven where in His glorified state He intercedes for believers. He shall come again personally and visibly to judge the world in righteousness and 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, righteousness, and judgment.
. The Bible
The Bible, both Old and New Testaments, is the Word of God and 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
Man was created in the image of God, but he disobeyed God and thereby incurred sprirtual death or separation from God. Man is saved from his condition of spiritual death only by the grace of God through faith in Jesus Christ, His redemptive act of dying on the cross, and with the ministry of the Holy Spirit. Man’s spiritual growth and maturity are initiated by God’s Spirit and by a conscious act of dedication on the part of the believer; and it is effected by the indwelling of the Holy Spirit. 
Salvation
Salvation is based solely on the grace and love of God through the shed blood of Jesus Christ. Man never gains salvation from his merits or deeds. Salvation is only received by grace through faith in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior and because of His redeeming work on the cross. Through salvation, the believer is forgiven of his sins; he becomes a child of God and is empowered to godly living and service. He receives eternal life, an everlasting relationship with God in Heaven, and is saved from God’s wrath and Hell.  
 
The Church
The Church consists of all those who have received salvation by grace through faith in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior and are united in 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; through the fellowship of believers; with the practice of ordinances (specifically baptism and communion); through loving service, and by the sharing of the Gospel.