The Apostolic Faith Mission of South Africa (AFM) is a classical Pentecostal Christian denomination in South Africa.
In 1927, Samuel Hancock had been elevated from the office of District Elder to Bishop within the PAW.
Following the untimely death of Presiding Bishop G. Haywood in April 1931, his official post was left vacant for a year out of his respect for his incomparable legacy.
While some have branded Bishop Hancock a heretic and a schismatic, the facts surrounding his departure seem typical of the organizational fecundity so typical of the Pentecostal movement.
Samuel Nathan Hancock, who was born 9 November 1883 in Adair County, Kentucky, came to Indianapolis, Indiana with his family at the age of 5. On 5 September 1914, he received the Holy Ghost and was water baptized (Tyson 37).
In 1914, Samuel Hancock began attending services at G. In 1916, Samuel Hancock was amongst the 465 members of Christ Temple who submitted to rebaptism in the Name of Jesus Christ, following Glenn Cook’s fortuitous campaign throughout the Midwest spreading the message of the mighty God in Christ. Haywood and became Bishop Haywood’s assistant pastor in 1917.