Jehovah’s Witnesses FactSheet

Founder:
Charles Taze Russell
Born 1852 in Pittsburgh, PA
Founded:
Approximately 1876
Also known as:
Originally “International Bible Students Association”
Renamed “Zion’s Watch Tower Tract Society” in 1884
Renamed “Watch Tower Bible and Tract Society” in 1896
Renamed “People’s Pulpit Association” in 1909
Renamed “Watch Tower Bible and Tract Society” in 1909
Renamed “International Bible Students Association” in 1914
Renamed “Jehovah’s Witnesses” in 1931
Note: The name “Jehovah’s Witnesses” was taken to avoid confusion between the Watchtower organization and others who claimed to be the true followers of Russell, calling themselves the Laymen’s Home Missionary Movement and the The Dawn Bible Students.
Founding Occasion:
Russell began a Bible study in 1870 and was later voted “Pastor” by his students
Headquarters:
Brooklyn, New York
Membership:
5,912,492 in 1999
Current Leadership:
Milton G. Henschel
Parent Religion:
Christianity
Sacred Texts:
The Bible (New World Translation)
Official Website:
www.watchtower.org