The Apostolic Christian Church had its roots in Switzerland. It was founded in the 1830’s by a Swiss clergyman named Samuel Froehlich, who called his group the Evangelische Taufgesinnte, which was translated as Evangelical Baptists. This group differed from the established state church of Switzerland in two prime areas:
1) they were part of the Anabaptist movement, that is, they believed in baptism of believers rather than of infants who had no knowledge of the faith, and
2) they were part of the Peace tradition, similar to the Mennonites, in that they believed in non-violent solutions to political problems and would not bear arms in war. The first adherents came to the USA in 1847, and began the first Evangelical Baptist congregations in New York State. The name of the movement was changed, so as not to confuse it with the Baptists, who were already an established denomination. Although it was first called Evangelical Baptist, it began to also be known as Christian Apostolic, then Apostolic Christian, which is the name by which the church was eventually registered.