In May of 1998, five Apostolic ministers gathered in Little Rock, AR for the purpose of discussing the formation of a new fellowship. These ministers were (in Alphabetical order) Douglas E. Clanton, William Randall Duncan, Daryl Goss, Michael Lawson, and Robert L. Morgan. Each of these men having come from a Oneness, Jesus' Name background had experienced some level of rejection from the various affirming organizations that existed at that time. As they prayed together and shared their burden for ministry, a united vision emerged: to form a Pentecostal fellowship for ministers, churches and ministries that would provide a home for Apostolic men and women coming out of their conventional churches and organizations, and to create one affirming fellowship that would truly unite both Oneness and Trinitarian men and women who shared a passion for the Pentecostal message and worship. This same group met again, in Tampa, Fl in the fall of 1999 to further discuss the emerging vision.
In June of 2000, two of these men, Douglas E. Clanton and Robert L. Morgan officially organized the Fellowship of Reconciling Pentecostals International. The organization functioned for 2½ years under the auspices of Rev. Morgan's church, Potter's House Fellowship in Tampa, FL. Although initially there were two groupings of ministers (General and Associate) in order to facilitate the doctrinal difference of its members, this division was removed in late 2002 when RPI reorganized under a new constitution independent of Potter's House Fellowship. In doing so, they removed the requirement of baptism in the name of Jesus for full license or ordination.
This requirement has been preserved for those desiring to hold a position on the General Board of Presbyters in order to maintain a spirit of unity among the members of the fellowship. It is our hope that the willingness to be baptized in Jesus' name will allow our presbyters to better lead all members of the fellowship, whether Oneness or Trinitarian.
The Fellowship of Reconciling Pentecostals International was legally and independently incorporated in Scottsdale, AZ in June of 2003. It is presently headquartered in La Porte, Indiana.
Reconciling Pentecostals International