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During the month of December, Foursquare saw five church openings in the U.S. In addition, 20 churches were closed, and eight Foursquare pastors retired. Nine senior pastors were appointed to Foursquare churches in the U.S.

2011 ended with 1,759 Foursquare churches in the U.S., and 6,796 credentialed ministers serving at churches and in the field.

The following reported data was confirmed by the Foursquare board of directors between December 1– December 22.



Church Openings — 5

  • Bloomingdale Foursquare Church pastored by Chris Mazzola in Bloomingdale, Ga. (Southeast District)
  • Centro de Vida (Fort Dodge Centro de Vida Foursquare Church) pastored by Saul Cortez in Fort Dodge, Iowa (Heartland District)
  • King’s Palace Foursquare Gospel Church (Riverdale Foursquare Church) pastored by Richard Oloidi in Riverdale, Ga. (Southeast District)
  • Las Vegas Bulgarian Foursquare Church pastored by Ivan Bakalov in Las Vegas, Nev. (Southwest District)
  • PDX Simple Church (Sherwood Foursquare Simple Church Network) pastored by Ed Stanton Jr. in Newberg, Ore. (North Pacific District)


Church Closings (Permanent*) — **20

  • Abundant Life Fellowship (Oregon City Foursquare Church) in Oregon City, Ore. (North Pacific District)
  • Atlanta Urban Foursquare Church in Atlanta, Ga. (Southeast District)
  • Centro Cristiano (Smith River Foursquare Church) in Crescent City, Calif. (Central Pacific District)
  • Eastside La Roca (Portland East Spanish Foursquare Church) in Portland, Ore. (North Pacific District)
  • Elk Grove Filipino Foursquare Church in Elk Grove, Calif. (Central Pacific District)
  • Faith Fellowship (Oakland Central Foursquare Church) in Oakland, Calif. (Central Pacific District)
  • Fresno Hispanic Foursquare Church in Fresno, Calif. (Central Pacific District)
  • First Light Community (Sherwood Foursquare Church) in Sherwood, Ore. (North Pacific District)
  • Living Hope Community (Ceres Foursquare Church) in Ceres, Calif. (Central Pacific District)
  • Lytle Creek Foursquare Church in Lytle Creek, Calif. (Pacific Coast and Valleys District)
  • Ministerio Internacional La Cosecha (Norcross Hispanic Foursquare Church) in Lilburn, Ga. (Southeast District)
  • North Glendale Foursquare Church in Glendale, Calif. (Pacific Coast and Valleys District)
  • Pleasant Grove Chapel (Mount Olive Foursquare Church) in Long Valley, N. J. (Northeast District)
  • Restoration (Santa Cruz West Side Foursquare Church) in Santa Cruz, Calif. (Central Pacific District)
  • Stamford Foursquare Church in Stamford, Texas (MidSouth District)
  • Sutherlin Foursquare Church in Sutherlin, Ore. (North Pacific District)
  • The Connection (Anchorage South Foursquare Church) in Anchorage, Alaska (North Pacific District)
  • The Living Well (Santa Rosa West Foursquare Church) in Santa Rosa, Calif. (Central Pacific District)
  • The River (North Charleston Foursquare Church) in Hannah, S. C. (Southeast District)
  • Waterford Foursquare Church in Waterford, Calif. (Central Pacific District)


Total U.S. Foursquare Churches — 1,759
Total Attendance of the U.S. Foursquare Churches — 251,180




Senior Pastoral Appointments to Established Foursquare Churches — 9

  • Donald Boyer to Ripley Foursquare Church in Ripley, N.Y. (Northeast District)
  • Linda Brady to His Light Ministries (Worcester East Foursquare Church) in Worcester, Mass. (Northeast District)
  • Alejandro Garcia to Los Hechos (Canby Hispanic Foursquare Church) in Canby, Ore. (North Pacific District)
  • Ubirajara Oliveira to Hyannis Portuguese Foursquare Church in Hyannis, Mass. (Northeast District)
  • Jim Romack, Jr. to New Life Center (Everett Foursquare Church) in Everett, Wash. (Northwest District)
  • Kevin Rusk to New Hope Center (Fostoria Foursquare Church) in Fostoria, Ohio (Mid-Atlantic District)
  • Paul Sheldon to Life Path Christian Community (Eden Prairie Foursquare Church) in Eden Prairie, Minn. (Heartland District)
  • Dan Smith to Expectation Church Network (Las Vegas Mountains Edge Foursquare Church) in Las Vegas, Nev. (Southwest District)
  • Rick Trimble to Living Rock Fellowship (American Canyon Foursquare Church) in Benicia, Calif. (Central Pacific District)

Credentialed Minister Retirements — 8

  • Lee Bush in Lancaster, Calif. (Pacific Coast and Valleys District)
  • Mildred Bush in Lancaster, Calif. (Pacific Coast and Valleys District)
  • Robert Fetters Sr. in Mesa, Ariz. (Southwest District)
  • Ron Hamrick in Vancouver, Wash. (North Pacific District)
  • Kammi MacDonald in San Leandro, Calif. (Central Pacific District)
  • Doris Pennington in Bakersfield, Calif. (Central Pacific District)
  • Don Smith in Grove, Okla. (MidSouth District)
  • Bonnie Yake in Dover, N.J. (Northeast District)

Total Credentialed/Licensed Ministers  — 6,796

* Closings: Churches are not permanently closed until assets are sold or transferred.
**Temporary Closings: Six churches were temporarily closed during the month of December.

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