I have some further clarity on the dates of the shift from the naming of the periodical from "The Apostolic Faith" to the "Word and Witness." It looks like Bell maintained the name "Apostolic Faith" until at least mid-June 1912.
This is the Description at the Pentecostal Archives for the Word and Witness (highlighted in bold is the subject of this post):
Word and Witness, published by E. N. Bell, served as the primary periodical of the Church of God in Christ, a group sometimes referred to as Church of God in Christ (white) to distinguish it from Bishop Charles H. Mason's largely-African-American organization with the same name. Most members of the Church of God in Christ (white) were located in the South and initially consisted of ministers who held credentials with Charles Parham's Apostolic Faith Movement. Sometime after mid-1907, this group of ministers left Parham to form their own organization. The new organization continued using the name Apostolic Faith Movement and its periodical continued the name and enumeration of Parham's periodical, The Apostolic Faith. In late 1910 or 1911, this group changed its name to Church of God in Christ. In 1911 or 1912, Bell changed the name of the periodical to Word and Witness. In the December 20, 1913 issue of Word and Witness, Bell published "The Call" to Hot Springs, Arkansas, which was an open invitation for Pentecostal ministers to attend the April 1914 founding convention of the Assemblies of God USA. Delegates at the first general council elected Bell to serve as chairman, and Word and Witness became one of two official periodicals of the Assemblies of God (along with the Christian Evangel. Word and Witness merged into the Weekly Evangel on January 1, 1916. Places of publication: Malvern, Arkansas (1912?-1914); Findlay, Ohio (1914-1915); St. Louis, Missouri (1915).
I haven’t seen other historical references to it or a clear explanation of why Bell changed the name. The newspaper also could have called it their own name instead of the proper name Bell gave it. Newspapers in Malvern and Green Forest, for instance, favored the “apostolic faith” term over any others.
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