Timeline in the Formation of the Covenant in America
Mid-1880s: Mission Friends come to America from Sweden.
1870s: Mission Society separates from the Lutheran Church.
1873: Swedish Evangelical Mission Lutheran Mission is formed.
1885: Swedish Evangelical Mission Covenant is formed.
1936: Evangelical Mission Covenant redefines as it expands it self understanding beyond its Swedish origins as it experiences its first name change.
1957-8: Changes name to Evangelical Covenant Church as the church moves to be a more inclusive denomination reflecting its evangelical connections.
1960s: Oakdale Covenant in Chicago becomes first multi-ethnic church.
1976: Vote by Annual Meeting to ordain women as pastors.
1990s and 2000s: New church plants become the major factor in church growth within Covenant.