Encyclopedia of Latin American Religions

2019 Edition
| Editors: Henri Gooren

Christian Congregation in Brazil, Congregação Cristã no Brasil

  • Rubia R. ValenteEmail author
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-27078-4_500


The Christian Congregation in Brazil (CCB) is the oldest, second-largest Pentecostal church in Brazil and the largest Pentecostal church in the state of São Paulo. Part of the first Pentecostalism wave in the country, the church is defined by scholars as a classical Pentecostal church sui generis and sectarian with little susceptibility to external influences. Members are referred to as “crentes” meaning “believers” as opposed to “evangélicos” or evangelicals. The national (and international) headquarters of the church is at Brás, São Paulo. The church is apolitical and does not use media for proselyting, and all ministerial and appointed positions are unpaid.


The Christian Congregation in Brazil (CCB) is the oldest and second-largest Pentecostal church in Brazil. Established in 1910 through the missionary work of an Italian American missionary named *Louis Francescon, the church has grown significantly over the last century expanding to all Latin American...


Christian Congregation Classical Pentecostalism Louis Francescon Brazil 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Marxe School of Public and International AffairsBaruch College – City University of New York (CUNY)New YorkUSA