Oldest Christian Church in the World Was Founded in 42 (AD), the Coptic Church of Egypt & Ethiopia
The Coptic Church of Egypt and Ethiopia was founded in 42 CE (AD) and is the oldest Christian Denomination in the World. It’s founder was Saint Mark who was one the first Apostles of Jesus. He went back to his home country in Africa to spread the “Good News” (the Gospel). The church he founded is under siege in Egypt but still stands strong in Ethiopia to this day with over 50 million adherents. Here is his history and one of the first images of him from an ancient church in Egypt.
St. Mark The Apostle, Evangelist
Preacher of The Christian Faith in Africa, founder of the Coptic Church was a Black African.
St. Mark was a native of the North Africa county of Libya. He was born in the city of Cyrene in Pentapolis, The western part of Libya, west of the border of Egypt.
St. Mark was born of Hebrew parents three years after the birth of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. His original name was John and his surname was Mark.
The Coptic Orthodox Church of Alexandria is the official name for the largest Christian church in Egypt and the Middle East According to tradition, the church was established by Saint Mark, an apostle and evangelist, in the middle of the 1st century (approximately AD 42). The head of the church and the See of Alexandria is the Pope of Alexandria and Patriarch of All Africa on the Holy See of Saint Mark. The See of Alexandria is titular and nowadays the Coptic Pope seat is Saint Mark’s Coptic Orthodox Cathedral in the Abbassia District in Cairo. As of 2012, about 10% of Egyptians belonged to the Coptic Orthodox Church of Alexandria. The picture in this posting is one off the oldest depictions of Saint Mark from the Coptic Church.
Paintings can be found in the Coptic Museum in Cairo Egypt.