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Estrelda Alexander

In: Gender and Women's Leadership: A Reference Handbook

Chapter 56: Women as Leaders in Pentecostal/Charismatic Religions

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Women as Leaders in Pentecostal/Charismatic Religions
Women as leaders in Pentecostal/Charismatic religions

At the turn of the 20th century, Charles Parham, formulator of the core Pentecostal doctrine of initial evidence of speaking in tongues accompanying Holy Spirit baptism, organized a Bible school to promulgate that doctrine and train men and women for ministry. On New Year's Eve, 1900, 3 months after he established the school, Agnes Ozman requested that Parham lay hands on her and pray that she receive the baptism of the Holy Spirit with the evidence of tongues. Reportedly, shortly after midnight on January 1, 1901, she ushered in ...

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