The historian's task is to pursue truth wherever it may lead. History is the study of past
events in chronological order. A historian reconstructs the past, working closely with
the information that has been left behind; e.g. documents, oral testimony, objects,
etc., and presents them in a coherent way, tracing back to their origin and studying
their changes or evolution. Historians are tour guides.
This book was written to preserve the history of a little known Christian sect that takes no
official name. Some of its more nicknames are: The Truth
, The Way, The Fold and
Two by Twos (2x2s).
Some other designations are: The Friends and Workers
Fellowship, Cooneyites, Reidites, Black Stockings, Tramp Preachers, Dippers, Go
and more. The ministers are referred to as "Workers"
and the laity as "Friends"
Many followers believe this Church has originated when Jesus sent out His twelve apostles
two and two on the shores of the Sea of Galilee; and that it has continued in a direct line
from the first century apostles to the current ministers of this Church (is of apostolic
succession). However, published documents show that this church was actually started at
the turn of the 20th century (1897-1901) in Ireland by a Scotsman some 1900 years after
Jesus walked the earth.
The founder was William Irvine who was born in 1863 in Kilsyth Scotland. Few adherents
today are aware of the founder’s name, which has been hidden and covered up for
over a century. Beginning around 1914, an attempt was made to erase the founder’s
name from Church history. His name became anathema and was purged and banned. A
memory hole or gap existed for many years. This book is the culmination of over 25
years of dedication to the task of researching, accounting for and publishing online the
missing historical details and documents about the origin of this particular Church; to filling
in the gap in this sect’s history. I have a hard copy of the documents, newspaper
articles, references, etc. used in this book. My mission is to preserve the factual history
of this Church, its Founder and ministers; for the facts to become common knowledge and
easily accessible. I believe everyone ever connected in any way to the Church
without a Name
has a right to this information, therefore, I have written in a simple
style so that adolescents may understand. This book is not an investigation into the
doctrine and beliefs of this Church.