Encyclopedia of Latin American Religions

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Jehovah’s Witnesses in El Salvador

  • David G. Stewart
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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-08956-0_447-1


2016 Jehovah’s Witness average publishers: 39,851. Congregations: 684. Baptisms: 791. Memorial Attendance: 92,606. Preaching hours: 9.1 million.

Brief History

An itinerant Witness visited El Salvador in 1916 to preach and offer literature and magazine subscriptions (Proclaimers 1993). The first congregation was established when missionaries trained at the Watch Tower Bible College of Gilead were assigned after World War II, and the first baptism occurred in 1945.

After completing a 5-month course at the Watchtower Bible College of Gilead, missionaries Mildred Olsen, Evelyn Trabert, Millie Brashier, and Leo and Esther Mahan arrived in El Salvador in 1946 (Olson 2014). In 1947, a public talk was attended by nearly 500; the following week, a mob led by a Catholic priest assaulted the missionary home in Santa Ana, El Salvador, during a Watchtower study. Witnesses report that the crowd shouted “Long live the Virgin!” and “May Jehovah die!” while they threw stones at the building...


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Authors and Affiliations

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