The OMS Holiness Church was created as an outgrowth of the Oriental Missionary Society (OMS). In 1901, OMS was born in a storefront building in the heart of Tokyo, Japan. American missionaries Charles and Lettie Cowman partnered with a Japanese minister, Juji Nakada, and 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 Japanese Holiness Church (JHC) flourished. 

Charles and Lettie Cowman

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 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. 



Members in front of WLAHC Church, c. 1990

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 love of Jesus 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 shepherd and equip those under their care. 

Juji Nakada


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(The OMS Holiness Church is not currently or historically associated with the International Pentecostal Holiness Church.)


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