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Before David Koresh, the Branch Davidians Had Lois Roden

Before David Koresh, there was Lois Roden, the wife of Benjamin Roden, president and founder of the Branch Davidian Seventh-day Adventist Church. Lois comes up briefly in the Netflix documentary series Waco: American Apocalypse. Here’s everything you need to know about the former leader of the Branch Davidians before Koresh took over the apocalyptic Christian group. 

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Branch Davidian beliefs began in 1929 with Benjamin and Lois Roden

According to the Texas State Historical Association, Victor T. Houteff established the Davidians, a small Adventist reform movement. A Bulgarian immigrant, Houteff left the Bulgarian Orthodox Church and accepted Seventh-day Adventist teaching in 1918, starting the Davidians in 1929. In 1955, Benjamin organized the Branch Davidians, a group focused on preparing for the second coming of Christ.



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