Our History

BCC is a church with a presence on all continents. At the beginning of the 20th century, there were only small groups of friends scattered throughout Norway, but this would soon spread much further.

Johan Oscar Smith gave his life to Jesus on May 17, 1898, and this was the start of BCC’s history.

At the time, Smith had no intention of starting his own congregation. But at the beginning of the 20th century, he was active in Christian circles, and wanted to bring together God-fearing people at a time when several revivals were sweeping the country. Eventually, some small groups of friends started coming together, holding prayer meetings and talking about the message of the Bible.

The longing and insight into what it means to live as a disciple of Jesus and come to spiritual growth and development became a matter very close to Smith’s heart. He spent the rest of his life sharing this insight and life experience, in order to help others come to a resurrected life with Jesus Christ.

“Dear brother, there are open doors everywhere now, and the lessons God has given us will be a solid support for the young newly-saved. God adds to the church.”

Letter to Elias Aslaksen, December 20, 1917.

Our history 1898 – 2021