On your visit to Barbados you should not miss visiting one of the many historic churches on the island. Although most Barbadians are Anglicans, you will find more than 100 denominations listed.

The Anglican Church was brought to the West Indies with the original English settlers in the early part of the 17th century. It was the Church of the England which resided in the colony.

A Barbados heroine was a Methodist.

The oldest church is St. James Parish Church located in Holetown, where the English settlers landed in Barbados. The original structure was built in the 1600s but was severely damaged by a hurricane. In 1690 a stone structure was built to replace the wooden building.

Methodists and Moravians were next to arrive followed by many other religions.


Visit the website for a location of their many churches around Barbados.


Contact: 426-2672. Fax: 426-0871. Email: mandeville@sunbeach.net


The Faith’s Founder was Bahá’u’lláh, a Persian nobleman from Tehran who, in the mid-nineteenth century, left a life of princely comfort and security and, in the face of intense persecution and deprivation, brought to humanity a stirring new message of peace and unity. Bahá’u’lláh claimed to be nothing less than a new and independent Messenger from God. May 23, 1844 is the birth of the religion.

Baha'i Faith, 2nd Avenue, Belleville, St. Michael, 429-9424


Emmanuel Baptist Church, St. Michael, 435-2462

First Baptist Church, Constitution Road, St. Michael, 426-2016


The movement has its roots in the life-affirming philosophy of
Nichiren, a Buddhist monk who lived in 13th-century Japan. Nichiren Buddhism
stresses the profound connection between one's own happiness and the
happiness of others. The greatest personal satisfaction and fulfillment in life is
realized by working for the happiness of others. Nichiren's teachings assert that
each individual, regardless of gender, ethnicity, capacity or social standing, has
the power to overcome life's inevitable challenges, to develop a life of great value
and creativity and to positively influence their community, society and the world.

Contact: 422-8055 or 432-4368


Kadampa Buddhism.  The Tara Kadampa Buddhist Centre offers practices for all levels of interest, practical Buddhist Teachings, weekly meditation classes, daily meditations and more.

Contact:  435-3894

Christian Science:

In 1866, Mary Baker Eddy discovered Christian Science and in 1879 she established
The First Church of Christ, Scientist.

First Church of Christ, Scientist, Aquatic Gap, Bridgetown, St. Michael, 426-7799


Berean Bible Church, Passage Road, St Michael, 426-4707 - The Berean Bible Church opened in Barbados on October 14, 1956. Berean was founded by missionary Rev. Kermit Hansen, who originally came to Barbados in 1946. The church remains in the same building at the corner of Passage and Baxter's Road.

Sanctuary New Testament Church Of God, 32 James Fort Building, St Michael, 431-0016

Marly Vale Bible Fellowship Church, St. Philip, 423-6200. Email:carlosmason45@hotmail.com

Worldwide Church of God, 6 Ealing Grove, Christ Church. 418-0760. Fax: 418-0732


The Hindu Temple, St. Michael, 434-4638

In addition to the mosque, The Islamic Academy of Barbados was established in
1998 to promote Islam to Muslims and interested Non-Muslims.

Barbados Muslim Association, Bridgetown, St. Michael, 427-1258

Jehovah's Witness

Jehovah's Witnesses had their modern-day start in the 1870's. At first, they
were called Bible Students, however in 1931 they adopted the Scriptural name
Jehovah's Witnesses.

Contact: 438-0655

Over 500 years ago Jews settled in Barbados when they were expelled from
Visit this very interesting website: http://www.haruth.com/JewsBarbados.html

Contact: 427-7611, 428-8414 or 425-4764


It is believed that Methodism came to the Caribbean in 1759. By
1783 the first Methodist Chapel, a wooden structure, was built in Antigua.

Methodist Church, Bay Street, Bridgetown, St. Michael, 426-2223

African Methodist Episcopal Church was not founded in Africa. It means that the church was organized by people of African descent.

Contact: 427-1046


The Moravian Church was brought to Barbados in 1765, by German
missionaries as they had a burning desire to take the Gospel of Jesus Christ to all
oppressed peoples.

In addition to preaching the gospel, the Moravian Church was active in providing
an education for the slaves. It was one of the first organized religious bodies to
establish primary and secondary schools for slaves in the West Indies.

The Moravian Church, Sharon, in Saint Thomas Parish was built by the Moravians
in 1799.

The Moravian Church, St. Thomas, 438-7388


Penticostal Church of the Living God, Christ Church, 420-4838

Penticostal Assemblies of the West Indies, Christ Church, 420-7721

Victory Penticostal Church of God, St. George, 429-1983

Elim Penticostal Temple, Christ Church, 420-3546

Revival Time Assembly, Maxwell Great House, Maxwell Hill, Christ Church, 428-4548

People's Cathedral, Bishop's Court Hill, St. Michael, 429-2145

Roman Catholicism gained acceptance in Barbados in 1839.

The Diocese of Kingstown was erected on 23 October 1989 by Pope
John Paul II.

http://www.catholiccaribbean.org/articles.asp?id=178 provides you with a list
of churches.
Seventh Day Adventists:

The writings of Ellen G. White helped found the Seventh-day Adventist church.

Contact: 429-7234
Spiritual Baptist:

Spiritual Baptist: The late 1950s may be identified as the awakening period for
many Afro-Barbadians to the realization of an African perspective to Christianity.
The new dawn, as it were, came with the return from Trinidad and Tobago of His
Grace Arch Bishop Granville Williams who established the Sons of God Apostolic
Spiritual Baptist Church, which celebrated its 41st anniversary in October 1998.

Zion Apostolic Spiritual Baptist Church, Richmond Gap, St. Michael, 436-0702

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

In 1820, the Prophet Joseph Smith received First Vision in New York, near his home and in 1829 translation of the Book of Mormon was completed.

Missionaries began their work in the Caribbean in 1853, however it was not
embraced by the Islanders at first. By the year 2000 there were 110,073
members in the Caribbean.

Contact: 228-0210
The Salvation Army:

The movement, founded in 1865 by William Booth, spread from London,
England, to many parts of the world. The rapid deployment of the first
Salvationists was aided by the adoption of a quasi-military command structure
in 1878 when the title, 'The Salvation Army' was brought into use.

Contact: 426-2467. Fax: (246) 426-9369


Between 1907 and 1912 teams comprising Rev. C.O. Moulton, Rev. James M. Taylor, and Rev. Ralph G. Finch and his wife came to Barbados. These American pioneers carved out
the foundation for our Pilgrim Holiness Church which was organized as
a permanent assembly in 1912.

Wesleyan Holiness Church, District Office, Whitepark Road, St. Michael, 429-3692 or 426-4888

Carrington's Wesleyan Holiness Church, Welches Road, St. Michael, 429-2600. Fax: (246) 437-8720. churchcar@caribsurf.com or cwhc@carwes.org

Abundant Life Assembly, Bank Hall House, Bank Hall, St. Michael, 427-9166. Fax: 437-8331
Apostolic Church, London Road Temple, Brittons Hill, St. Michael, 436-7121
Church of God of Prophecy, Regional Office, Christ Church, 428-1412. Fax 428-1412
Church of the Nazarene, Contact: 435-444. Email: nazarinechurch@sunbeach.net
Love Gospel Assembly, P.O. Box 944, Bridgetown, St. Michael, 424-6594.
Restoration Ministries, Layne’s Road, Brittons Hill, St. Michael, 436-8398
The New Testament Church of God, National Headquarters, River Road, St. Michael, 426-1359 or 3357. Fax 427-9862
The United Pentecostal Council of the Assemblies of God Tabernacle,
Bridge Gap, Goodland, St. Michael, 425-6825
United Holy Church of America,
Contact: 438-4448
Unity of Barbados, Unity Study Group, Apple Hall, St. Philip, 423-6140.

Getting Married? Go to the list of churches prepared by the Government of Barbados.

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