oasis christian centre elim
mission statement




The Elim Church was founded in the County of Monaghan, Ireland, in 1915. It grew with amazing rapidity as a result of the great evangelistic meetings of George Jeffreys, its founder. The Elim Pentecostal Church is part of that unique world-wide Pentecostal movement which at the beginning of the 20th Century numbered a few thousands but now has, including the charismatic movement some 500,000,000 adherents (Annual Statistical Table on Global Missions 1997). Pentecostal Christians believe that, because of its spontaneous uprising in every country of the world, the Pentecostal movement is in fulfilment of the Bible prophecies that God would pour out in the last days His Holy Spirit on all mankind.

The name “Elim” is taken from the book of Exodus, where we read that the Israelites “came to Elim, where there were twelve wells of water, and seventy palm trees; and they encamped there by the waters” (Exodus 15:27). This oasis in the wilderness is a fitting symbol for a church which preaches a message of rest and refreshing, salvation and healing for body, soul and spirit in the wilderness of this world.

The Elim Church in Livingston – known also as Oasis Christian Centre – was founded by Rev. John Glass and his wife Marilyn when he was the Regional Superintendent of the Scottish Region in 1986. The small hall of the Church was built in 1994 and the extended large hall in 1997. Rev. John Henson and his wife Clare now pastor this church.

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