The JCOC is a small group of Christian
disciples who meet in Jerusalem. The church's
doctrine is the Bible, with an emphasis on
baptism and the teachings of Jesus.

The group is a mixed fellowship, with
members from Israeli, Palestinian-Arab,
Russian, American, and Armenian backgrounds. We consider our citizenship
to be in heaven, and look forward to a
kingdom of heaven!

The JCOC is part of the "Church of Christ"
family of churches. However, the church has
relationships with Christian churches and
other non-denominational fellowships as well.
We welcome everyone through our doors,
and always seek to build ties with other

"Many peoples will
come and say,
"Come, let us go up
to the mountain of the
Lord, to the house of
the God of Jacob. He
will teach us his ways,
so that we may walk
in his paths." The law
will go out from Zion,
the word of the Lord
from Jerusalem."

(Isaiah 2:3, NIV)

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The JCOC was planted in 1996 by eighteen
Christians from the United States. These
original 18 were not around long; many left
the country for financial reasons or had to
return home. However, their work remained,
and the JCOC was established.

"J.M." served as the lead evangelist for the
JCOC between 1998 and 2001. After a time, leadership of the group passed to a Palestinian Christian, and the church came under the pastorship of its first local leader.

In 2004, Palestinian disciples living in
Bethlehem became unable to attend services
in Jerusalem as a result of the construction
of the Separation Wall. The Jerusalem
Church was forced to split into two groups,
one in Bethlehem and one in Jerusalem.
Although this separation was a blow to the
group, it continued to operate under
common leadership and meet together once
a week.

As of 2009, the church is led by a Russian Christian, and continues a long tradition of diversity.