Cherie Kropp-Ehrig - Preserving the Truth Book

When a friend asked me, “Who started your church?” I parroted what I’d been taught—that our preachers


Background of photo of collections of Wm Irvine's letters donated to TTT archives shown below.

After Irvine was forced to abdicate, he moved to Palestine where he shared his new interpretations via correspondence. He was a prolific letter writer. Using a fountain pen, he wrote short to very lengthy (hard to read!) letters worldwide from 1919 to 1947. His loyal followers then typed, circulated and retained his letters in notebooks that were passed down through several generations. I first learned about some US Irvinites (those who followed Irvine's later "revelations" he dubbed the Omega Gospel in 1993 and their letter collections.

About two years later, out of the blue, an Ex-2x2 lady called me from California and said that, strangely enough, she had discovered some of her local friends were actually followers of Wm. Irvine and had loaned her one of their notebooks of his letters. She offered to copy it for me. Eventually, she copied 3 notebooks. That was the very first time I saw some of his letters.

Over the years, several more collections were donated to TTT by: Llewellyn "Lew" Fountain, Bruce Hartman, Barbara "Briza" James, Marie (Judd) Parsons, Nancy Sue Rodríguez, Margaret Turner, Leila Muller, and three who wish to remain anonymous. Over 1,000 of Irvine's letters are posted on my website in Founder, Irvine's Letter Collection.

So far, the oldest known letter by Irvine is dated January 23, 1911, to Jack (probably Carroll). His last known letter was to Elmer and Alma Ackerson in Vallejo, California, dated June 13, 1946, about six months before his death in 1947, aged 84. Their granddaughter, Nancy Sue Rodriguez, retyped their collection so it could be added to TTT. They are pictured on page 217 of my book. I frequently quote from his letters in my book.

This past week I've been busy making copies of each of WmI's letters that I quote in my book for my Reference Support Data. Not an easy job!! No collection is the same - it was hunt and pick.


My husband, Chester Ehrig, with me Yes, those are our books behind us—or a fraction of them anyway! We’re both bookaholics.

Chess has been invaluable in assisting me while I was compiling my book. Twice, we went to the UK to research. He also suggested, brainstormed, researched, shopped, proof-read my book umpteen times, prepared the ebook, resized photographs, and much much more. His priceless encouragement, support and advice have been a tremendous aid in fulfilling my long-held mission to publish this book uncovering the hidden history of 2x2ism.

(Photo: February 2022).


Some of my favorite quotes:

Condemnation before investigation is the highest form of ignorance. (Albert Einstein)
All truth passes through three stages.
First, it is ridiculed.
Second, it is violently opposed.
Third, it is accepted as being self-evident.
(Misattributed to Arthur Schopenhauer, 1788–1860)
There are just two types of people …
Those people to whom their beliefs are more precious than the truth …
Those people to whom the truth is more precious than their beliefs.
(A.E Wiggam)
For we can do nothing against the truth, but for the truth. (2 Corinthians 13:8)
This above all: to thine own self be true
And it must follow, as the night the day
Thou canst not then be false to any man …
(William Shakespeare, Hamlet)
Facts do not cease to exist because they are ignored. (Aldous Huxley)
Truth will always be truth, regardless of lack of understanding, disbelief or ignorance.
(W. Clement Stone)
Truth is not only violated by falsehood; it may be equally outraged by silence. (Amien)


Two of the most prominent early leaders and marketers of the 2x2 Sect were William Irvine and Edward "Eddie" Cooney from Enniskillen, Northern Ireland. Cooney, a Christian lay preacher, first met Irvine in January 1898, and joined his movement three and one-half years later in June 1901.


William Irvine, Founder of the Church without a Name


William Irvine, Founder of the Church without a Name


The famous experimental 1899 Bicycle Trip to Scotland.

EXP Welcome - 06/23/2022

EXP Welcome -

My newest website, Expressions by Ex-2x2s, is compiled of over 400 writings by Ex-2x2s: Why We Left stories, Exit Letters, Questions, Writings, Recommendations, etc.

EXP Welcome - This website is a collection of documents written by former followers (called Ex-2x2s) of a worldwide, non-denominational Christian church/fellowship which claims it takes no name. Common nicknames are: The Truth, The Meetings, The Way, Friends and Workers Fellowship, Two by Twos, 2x2s, Cooneyites,....


Telling the Truth

My original website is Telling The Truth (aka TTT) launched in 1997.
It is a virtual archive of 2x2 information and documents. My book is closely associated with and largely compiled from this archive.

Telling the Truth


Back Cover of my book:

At the turn of the twentieth century, William Irvine, a Scotsman, embarked on an experiment to restore the first century primitive New Testament ministry and church, using Matthew 10 as his model. The revolutionary movement caught on rapidly in the British Isles. Irvine’s charismatic preaching inspired hundreds of young men and women to become itinerant, celibate, homeless missionaries traveling in pairs (2 by 2), sustained only by faith, freely spreading the nameless sect worldwide. Followers worshipped only in private homes.

Two fundamental beliefs of the Church without a Name:
The church in the home and the preacher without a home.
(John "Jack" T. Carroll)

Although this church purposely takes no name and has a large global following, few have heard of it. Common nicknames are "Two by Twos" (2x2s) and "The Truth." Many members are unaware of the true history and banished founder.

Determined to trace the origin of this sect, Cherie Kropp-Ehrig traveled to the UK in 2004 and 2014 where she discovered its deeply buried roots in Ireland. She unearthed many historical documents, including newspaper articles, accounts, journals, court cases, photographs, letters, testimonials, family trees, etc.

This book provides meticulous details and insight into the history, divisions, key figures, pivotal events, teachings, and traditions of this low-profile, unique church. Hidden schisms, scandals, exoduses, tragedies, betrayals, riots and excommunications are revealed.

Despite the scarcity of written material and academic research, Kropp-Ehrig has successfully compiled the only book now in print that explores the fascinating details surrounding this unusual, ahistorical church from its beginning to the present.


FINALLY! The first copy off the press in my hands!



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