Legal instruments of Jehovah's Witnesses

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A number of corporations are in use by Jehovah's Witnesses. They deal with legal issues and represent the interests of the religious organization.

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Watch Tower Bible and Tract Society of Pennsylvania

Watch Tower Bible and Tract Society of Pennsylvania was founded by Charles Taze Russell and his friends in 1881. It was originally called Zion's Watch Tower Tract Society with William H. Conley as president and Russell as secretary-treasurer. It was registered in Pennsylvania December 15, 1884 with Russell as president. In 1896 the name was changed to Watch Tower Bible and Tract Society, and since 1955 it has been officially known as Watch Tower Bible and Tract Society of Pennsylvania.

Presidents of the Watchtower Society since the registration in 1884 have been:

Watchtower Bible and Tract Society of New York, Inc.

Its subsidiary Watchtower Bible and Tract Society of New York, Inc. is another not-for-profit corporation, founded in 1909 and based in Brooklyn, New York, that acts as a legal representative and agent for Jehovah's Witnesses. It was originally called People's Pulpit Association. It was changed to Watchtower Bible and Tract Society,Inc. in 1939. Since 1956 its official name has been Watchtower Bible and Tract Society of New York,Inc. (WTB&TS)

Note: Watch Tower in Watch Tower Bible and Tract Society of Pennsylvania is two words, while Watchtower in Watchtower Bible and Tract Society of New York is one word.


The International Bible Students Association

The International Bible Students Association is a third legal entity used by Jehovah's Witnesses. It is based in London, England and was incorporated in 1914.


Other corporations

According to the "Our Kingdom Ministry" (brochure distributed by Watchtower only to active Jehovah's Witnesses) of January 2002, page 7, the Governing Body has approved the formation of:

Note: These are in addition to the Pennsylvania and New York corporations.

Aside from all of these, many other legal entities are used throughout the world to further the interests of Jehovah's Witnesses. For example, Wachtturm-Gesellschaft, Selters/Taunus (http://www.wachtturm.de) to produce litterature using the German branch office (which supplies a large portion of the world) or Jehovas vittnen - Bibelsllskapet Vakttornet to promote the activities of Jehovah's Witnesses in Sweden.

See also:

External links

ja:ものみの塔聖書冊子協会 nl:Wachttorengenootschap

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