The origin of The Evangelical Church can be traced back to German immigrants - pastors and laity. It is distinctly a North American Church, having had its beginnings in the great spiritual awakening in the colonies after the middle of the eighteenth century. Strongly influenced by the Methodists, they preached the pure Word of God and declared that men can be saved from sin through repentance and faith in Jesus Christ, and that this experience must be followed by a life of dedication and holiness.
The Evangelical Church of North America was born June 4, 1968, in Portland, Oregon, when 46 congregations and around 80 ministers met in an organizing session. Within two weeks, a group of about 20 churches and 30 ministers from Montana and North Dakota became a part of the new church. These congregations and ministers had been a part of The Evangelical United Brethren Church but had declined to enter the newly formed United Methodist Church.
The former Holiness Methodist Church became a part of The Evangelical Church of North America in 1969, brining its local churches, ministry, and membership, along with a flourishing mission field in Bolivia, South America. The Wesleyan Covenant Church joined in 1977, along with its missionary work in Mexico, Brownsville, Texas, and among the Navajo Indians in New Mexico.