Church and Kingdom of God in Christ is a revelation by God to
lamented, Brother Elias Dempsey Smith, who, in 1915 became the
Priest, and King of the Church. January 20th is known as
Day and is observed as Triumph's holiday in commemoration
birth of the Church. On this day, we celebrate the advent of
all day services, feasting and gift giving.
Elder E. D.
Smith, a minister of the African Methodist Episcopal Church,
fulfilled the aspirations of its curriculum and, in 1897, sought a
truth. His inner soul longed for something but he didn't know what.
He asked for
a transfer to another conference thinking that a change in
people would suffice. But it didn't. The unrest remained in his
then resorted to a deeper study of the Bible namely, Isaiah,
Ezekiel, Jeremiah, and Daniel in that order. Many new
interpretations, revelations, and visions were given to him on the
It was during a trip across the Mississippi River in a rowboat
strange phenomenon happened in the middle of the river. While
and conversing with his friend, Bro. Elisha Bailey, a fellow minister
in the AME
Church, it appeared that the boat started twirling around and
around out of their control, yet the wind was still. At this
prayed to have his life spared and vowed to preach and teach
the truth as
God had and would further reveal to him.
meditation he saw a vision. There appeared unto him an eagle, a lion,
brown-skinned damsel, dressed as a bride adorned for her husband.
of God told him that these were only figures of speech, but had
message. The characteristics of each symbol were revealed to him
The truth revealed to him would be:
like an eagle, higher than any other religion or sectarian church
thought and nothing would ever stand between a mind in tune
God and the illumination of divine substance.
strong like the strength of a lion, mastering every previous
idea by wisdom and power and not by carnal ordinances.
- like a brown-skinned damsel dressed as a bride adored for the
bridegroom, representing the church and the entire world, whom,
when he married her, holds the ability to birth all of her needs.
Some say that the Apostle also envisioned a lamb, which would
the humility of man, acknowledging God in
all his ways.
This message was given to other ministers of various denominations, each
of whom became leaders of their respective organizations. They thought
the message was good, but refused to accept it, saying it was too soon.
message was carried to them because Triumph came to gather all sanctified
and Holy Ghost-filled persons and carry them into the glorious liberty of
the sons of God and eternal life.
Bro. E. D.
Smith journeyed to New Orleans, Louisiana, where he organized
called Triumph The Righteous Church on January 20, 1902.
Triumphant historians, this concept was known as Triumph
Church. It reigned on the earth for two years while God
prepare Father Smith for his ensuing life-giving ministry.
preparing him to share with all humanity a life-giving word in the
midst of a
dying world. A new message was on the way; a message of
without bloodshed and a challenge to become the “Second Adam”
and live as
God intended for man to live in His image. It was not popular
in that day
and time. At the turn of the twentieth century much was
our history. The black man was not given a fair chance in
country. Many other church organizations were being birthed, yet
the message that God had given Father Smith. Many talked
holiness and righteousness, but with an end to life, as we know it.
This time in
religious history was known as the Pentecostal Movement.
The doors of
the church were opened to the world on January 20, 1904.
member of the church was Mrs. Hannah Peters. The original
for the black man of that day. According to Triumphant
in 1907, Father Smith joined forces with Bishop C. H. Mason,
the Churches of God in Christ. This union lasted until 1912
Smith dismissed himself from that order. It is said that the
Body Redemption, as given to him by God, was too strong
Mason and his followers. Father Smith then re-implemented
Holy Righteous Church.
National Congress was held in Birmingham, Alabama in July
this assembly Father Smith was named Apostle, Priest and King
and the name
of the church was changed to Triumph the Church and Kingdom
of God in
Christ. The first International Congress was held in Indianapolis,
July 1919, where over 1500 delegates registered. The meeting
1920, Father E. D. Smith and Prince J. D. Barbar sailed to
Abyssinia, Africa. At that time Ethiopia was ruled by
Waizero Zandita and her nephew, Ras Tafari, co-ruler.
met by Ras Tafari Jerry Hapigaus with ten thousand soldiers.
was given the reception of a king. After a banquet, he took
complained of stomach pains. He died shortly afterwards. It is said
that he was
buried on Mount Tach La Hammount.
Smith’s death produced a dramatic change in Triumph the Church
of God in Christ. The supreme authority shifted from one
person to a
board of seven Bishops.