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Pentecostal Pioneers: Warren L. Womble

Pentecostal Pioneers: Warren L. Womble By Maureen Michael Visitors to the United Pentecostal Church in Paoli, Oklahoma, scarcely notice the modest frame house located across the street. The fresh paint, the neatly tended flower beds, and the manicured lawn indicate that the residents of the house believe it is important to keep their home in order. Those who know […]

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Pentecostal Pioneers: H. Earl Wilson

Pentecostal Pioneers: H. Earl Wilson By Dianne Cothern The earliest memories I have of my grandfather, H. Earl Wilson, are sitting on his lap and combing his white, wavy hair. He teased me and said, “If I didn’t pick on you, you’d think I was mad at you!” I loved to hear the stories of his experiences while […]

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Pentecostal Pioneers: Urban T. Vanderhoff

Pentecostal Pioneers: Urban T. Vanderhoff By Doris Cooke Vanderhoff As he watched people praying at the altar on his first visit to a Pentecostal church, Urban Vanderhoff found the answer to a question he had asked since childhood. As a child he had heard about Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, who talked to God. When he asked, “Why don’t […]

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Pentecostal Pioneers: L. T. Strong

Pentecostal Pioneers: L. T. Strong by L.T. Strong I grew up near Jackson in the hills of Tennessee. At eighteen, I was living a life of wasted years in sin. I had stooped so low in sin that God alone knew what I had done. Thank God for His love and tender mercy to me. One night I […]

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Pentecostal Pioneers: Herbert Starr

Pentecostal Pioneers: Herbert Starr By Phillip S. Cornell No man was prouder to be a Hoosier than Hebert Starr. Although he has spent the majority of his adult life in the state of Michigan and transplanted his immediate family here, he has never forgotten his roots. He was born on the farm that belonged to the Starr family […]

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Pentecostal Pioneers: Milford Stairs

Pentecostal Pioneers: Milford Stairs By Joyce Morehouse A hard-working man, Judson Stairs bought and cleared land in the little community of West Waterville, New Brunswick. He was still working on it in 1895 when, on September 30, a fourth baby was born into the family. The family had three boys: Ernest, Burns, and Hughie; and four girls: Ida, Ruby, […]

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Pentecostal Pioneers: Jesse F. Soloman

Pentecostal Pioneers: Jesse F. Soloman By Lajoyce Martin To many people, he was the smiling “candy man.” He spent 14,400 hours going 250,000 miles to sell $60,761.33 worth of peanut brittle! Every penny of the money went into the church treasury to establish a church in Waco, Texas. To others, he was a pleasing radio voice. Station KWFT […]

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Pentecostal Pioneers: Joseph Harper Rose

Pentecostal Pioneers: Joseph Harper Rose Bt Trejetta Streley Joseph Harper Rose was born April 12, 1892, in Wellsville, Ohio. His parents, William and Matilda Tarr Rose, had four other children: Mary, Ella, Cora, and Harry. Young Harper learned meat cutting from his father, a butcher. Mr. Rose got sick in 1904, and at twelve Harper shouldered the burden […]

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Pentecostal Pioneers: T. Richard Reed

Pentecostal Pioneers: T. Richard Reed By Vernita Craine Reed “Oh, Lord, You know about Richard. He is at the age when he must make decisions for his future. Help him to surrender his life to you, Lord. Help him make the right decisions.” Coming home from school one day, teen-aged Richard overheard his mother talking to Someone–visitors? Hesitating […]

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Pentecostal Pioneers: Benjamin Harrison Pemberton

Pentecostal Pioneers: Benjamin Harrison Pemberton By Roger Bailey On March 24, 1891, Kelles Jasper and Julia Ann Pemberton were at their home in Edgewood, Illinois, awaiting the family doctor. Just a quarter of a mile away, the old country doctor was driving his horse and buggy up the small dirt road. “Get along now, Dolly, we must hurry a […]

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