The New Apostolic Church USA has been welcoming people through its doors for over 140 years. Beginning in Chicago, Manhattan and Buffalo, the first congregations began and were nurtured both by evangelizing ministers and immigrant members from Europe (see Our International History) as well as by the local people who embraced their message and the gifts of the Holy Spirit. On the heels of these first three openings, other congregations were established from the East Coast, through the Great Lakes, and all the way to the West Coast. In the generations to follow, the first congregations have grown and branched out to comprise over 250 locations nationwide. Today the New Apostolic Church continues to welcome people from all walks of life who are looking for a vibrant, purposeful life in Christ.