Encyclopedia of Latin American Religions

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Jehovah’s Witnesses in Dominican Republic

  • David G. Stewart
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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-08956-0_446-1

Key Information

2016 Jehovah’s Witness average publishers: 37,704. Congregations: 583. Baptisms: 1397. Memorial Attendance: 65,742. Preaching hours: 11.1 million.

Early History

In early 1932, 10,000 copies of the speech “The Kingdom, the Hope of the World” were distributed in Santo Domingo (Proclaimers 1993). Formal teaching of Bible students began with the arrival of Lennart and Virginia Johnson, missionaries trained at the Watchtower Bible School of Gilead in upstate New York, in April 1946 (Yearbook 2015). The Johnsons arrived in Ciudad Trujillo (now Santo Domingo) with little knowledge of Spanish and no acquaintances in the country. The Lennarts called on referrals provided by Dominican acquaintances who had studied the Bible with them in New York, and Moses Rollins, a neighbor of one of the referrals, soon became the first native Jehovah’s Witness publisher in the Dominican Republic. In June 1945, four additional missionaries arrived. The Witnesses soon distributed many tracts...


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Authors and Affiliations

  • David G. Stewart
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  1. 1.Children’s Bone and Spine SurgeryLas VegasUSA