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Noted Pentecostal Historian To Present Evening Lectures

SCU-Graduate School of Ministry Presents
Evening Lectures with Dr. Vinson Synan
Sept. 12-14, 2010 - 7:00PM
Open to the public

Lectures presented:
Pentecostal/charismatic History and Theology
Dr. Vinson Synan will be conducting a series of evening lectures in conjunction with his graduate class being taught at Southwestern Christian University. The dates for these evening lectures are Sunday evening, Sept. 12, through Tuesday evening, Sept. 14th, 2010. Lectures begin at 7:00PM nightly in the Minchew auditorium on the Bethany campus and are open to the public.

Dr. Synan - widely respected across denominational lines for his scholarship and balance - holds a unique position: personal involvement in many of the extraordinary events of the last hundred years that gave birth to the charismatic and Pentecostal movements.

Synan will also do a book signing each evening for his newest book, An Eyewitness Remembers the Century Holy Spirit.

For more information, contact the school at 405-789-7661, ext. 34…

History Timeline of Pentecostalism in Oklahoma: A Work in Progress. M.A. Hudson

Compiled by Marilyn A. Hudson, MLIS
In progress August 27, 2010

The history of the Pentecostal movement in and around Oklahoma has been only sporadically recorded and in some ways ignored. Several rivers of Pentecostalism converged in the early days and were dominated by independent bodies and such denominations as The Fire Baptized Holiness, The Pentecostal Holiness, The Church of God (Cleveland, TN), and the Assemblies of God. The movement was met, like its parent the Holiness Movement, by ridicule, abuse, and name calling. The terms 'holy rollers', 'tongues folk', and other appellations were used and mis-used for decades. Cult groups were confused with members of these traditional Pentecostal congregations further tangling both the labels and the groups in the minds of the public.

Deleware, Ohio Daniel Awrey, who will be significant in ministry and schools later, receives the baptism of the Holy Spirit and speaks i…


The Blue Front Saloon was located at the corner of Grand Avenue and Santa Fe (7 Grand Avenue) in downtown Oklahoma City.

When it was established has yet to be discovered. It was mentioned as a wild locale in a newspaper account dated 1904. It was well known as a part of the rowdy "Hell's Half Acre" of Oklahoma City. Gunplay, gambling, prostitution and crime were rampent. The area had swiftly developed from its founding in 1889 and the town was filled with brick and morter structures within months of its birth. The saloon was described as being fronted by broad windows normally covered by blinds.

In 1906 a revival began in far off Los Angeles that would have a direct impact on the life of many in Oklahoma. An African American holiness minister would begin a series of services in an old warehouse that would cross denominational, gender, and race lines in promoting a spiritual experience bringing the Book of Acts alive to a new century. These people sought redemption and e…


2,000 Years of Penteost
by W.H. Turner
In the “foreward” , Turner states a hope that similar small books will become a useful literature tool for Pentecostal evangelism. This brief book, one of many written by Turner, was about sixty-two pages and was used in his own travels as a speaker and evangelist.
The topics covered were surprisingly broad and the coverage quite inclusive indicating a wide reading of both history and religion. The chapters were “Pentecost in the Promises”, “Pentecost in the Acts of the Apostles”; all cover the basic New Testament verses dealing with the birth of the Church and the arrival of the promised “Comforter” who provided motivation to the disciples in the book of Acts.
“Pentecost in the Post-Apostolic Age” covers several notable instances of deeper spiritual experiences among the Early Church Fathers and other leaders. “Pentecost in the Middle Ages”, examines the spiritual experiences of the Waldenese and the Albigenese, the Medicant Friars, the Quakers, and…


Spring Time of the Soul: April's Revival History

Across the expanse of IPHC history the month of April stands out as a beacon of spiritual work.

April 14, 1906 the meetings began in Los Angeles in the Azusa Street Apostolic Mission. A year later on the front page of "The Apostolic Faith" newsletter, testimonials of experiences from around the globe burst out like colorful spring buds after a long spiritual winter.

One writer was the noted IPHC minister, F.M. Britton writing from Alvin, SC: "My wife and I have been in six wonderful meetings of late in which quite a number of saints have received the baptism with the Holy Ghost and all spoke with other tongues. Backsliders are being reclaimed and some honest souls being converted, quite a lot of sick ones being healed, and also many demon possessed persons are being delivered in Jesus' name from the power of Satan. Glory be to God!" {Source: Like as of Fire: a reprint of the old Azusa Street Papers, collected by…


The Stratford Pentecostal Holiness School
Today, Stratford in south central Oklahoma is famous for vast peach orchards that make it the Peach Capital of Oklahoma. In the early years of the 1900’s another type of seed was planted in the fertile minds and hearts of the people living there.
One of the most fascinating aspects of the history of the IPHC is that, like the Methodists and the Holiness groups before, there was an appreciation for education from early days. Although depicted in popular novels and films as being uneducated or little more than simpletons many early Pentecostals knew the value of education. These people, in various parts of the country, were some of the earliest and most vigorous promoters of schools and training.
In 1913, the annual conference of the Pentecostal Holiness church met in the picturesque Delmar Gardens in Oklahoma City. There, in one of the lovely Victorian pavilions, W.D. York, who had continued to promote education,[1]spoke on behalf of t…


Change is hard and produces some of the most deeply felt resistance and stress of any actions a person or organization can experience. Change, is however, a vital aspect of growth and its absence a sign of problems. In this cold winter time we can recall one episode where pioneer leaders faced the fear of change and followed God's guidance.

January 31, 1911 in a small octagon shaped chapel called the Little Tabernacle of Falcon, two groups met to give the final word on a plan of consolidation between the original Pentecostal Holiness Church and the Fire-Baptized Holiness Church.

From the heartland came 32 Fire-Baptized Holiness people: F.M. Britton, G.O. Gaines, J.J. Carter, M.D. Sellers, H.P. Lott, E.D. Reeves, C.M. Wheeler, Mrs. F.M. Britton, J.H. Blake, S.D. Page, C.O.Daniels, Howard Sellers, Ralph Taylor, A.E. Robinson, J.H. Inman, J.M. Howell, J.H. Spain, J.T. Crumpler, J.A. James, M.H. Israel. From the east and the Pentecostal Holiness came six: A..H. Butler, G.F. Taylor, J.A.…


There is a story from the end of WWII of a statue of Christ in a European city and where once the figure of Jesus had stood in the city square with hands outstretched, the bombs had left mere stubs. When asked why the town did not replace the hands, they said it was a reminder that Christ has no hands but ours.

In the late 1940's the women of the IPHC were organizing , and while some forecast this move would lead to nothing but "gossip fests", the women were quick to show, however, that they were able organizers with a heart for meaningful ministry. One of the first targets of the women was the Falcon Children's Home (North Carolina), soon to be followed by other benevolent ministries, such as the Carmen Home (Oklahoma). Dependent on sometimes sporadic support the women wanted to "remember the orphans."
For about the first ten years this covey of kindness made its way to the orphanage. Called a "cavalcade", "caravan", and "parade"…


A Christian…can learn mathematics, for example, from a teacher who is not a Christian; and truth is truth however learned. But while truth is truth however learned, the bearing of truth, the meaning of truth, the purpose of truth, even in the sphere of mathematics, seem entirely different to the Christian from that which they seem to the non-Christian; and that is why a truly Christian education is possible only when Christian conviction underlies not a part but all, of the curriculum of the school.
~ J. Gresham Machen, in Education, Christianity, and the State. (Jefferson, MD: Trinity Foundation, 1987. page 81).
From earliest days, the IPHC considered education and a well-trained ministry of great import. Its early leaders were all men who were trained and capable. They had a goal of balancing quality education with the vital spiritual energy of Pentecost.
The great IPHC leader G. H. Montgomery noted in 1938 that, “Education is bound to come in for more and more prominence in our ranks…


Charles Edwin Jones has held archival, library, and teaching positions at the University of Michigan, Houghton College, and Brown University.
He has also written:
-Perfectionist Persuasion
-A Guide to the Study of the Holiness Movement
-A Guide to the Study of the Pentecostal Movement
-Black Holiness (Scarecrow, 1974, 1983, and 1987).
No studies into the holiness, pentecostal or charismatic movements of the 19th and 20th centuries would be complete without referring to the vital work of this researcher.

THE GENTLEMAN OF GOD: J.H.King (1869-1949)

On July 1, 1900, a young minister named J.H. King, aged 31 years, then member of the Fire-Baptized Holiness Association of the United States and Canada was elected by unanimous ballot to be the new General Overseer. This group, with mission and evangelist work in the central and western United States in 1911 would became part of the pedigree of the present IPHC.
J.H. King was born in 1869, converted in 1885 and soon felt a definite call into the ministry. He served as a Methodist minister until he united with the Fire-Baptized Holiness Association in Royston, Georgia in 1898. Early works in Oklahoma and elsewhere would bear strong fruit years later as the “full gospel” Pentecostal Holiness Church emerged from the seeds planted under his leadership in the FBHA. His well-noted humility, intelligence, education, and leadership qualities would mean that he would be chosen to lead the new merged organization of the Pentecostal Holiness Church.
He added to the doctrinal development and inst…

FOR GOD AND COUNTRY. by Marilyn A. Hudson

In June of 1943, Joseph Goebbels gave his famous speech declaring the inevitable victory of Nazism. On the other side of the world, several groups of the IPHC were uniting to provide ministry, support, and a different type of victory to the vast numbers of men going into the war effort.

Prior to the war the denomination had adopted a pacifist stance, but as the dreadful war toll mounted after Dec. 7, 1941- and its force was felt in nearly every home in America - many attitudes changed (Synan, V. Oldtime Power, pg. 210).

The Rev. Samuel J. Todd, whose heart had been moved to do something, had already applied to the War Department for the Chaplaincy Corp (the IPHC's first chaplain was Lt. J. Vinson Ellenberg, quickly followed by Thomas E. Myers, Julius W. Green, Freeman Mashburn, and EL. Shirey, Synan, Oldtime Power, pg. 210). Then Todd was approached to head a "Service Men's Commission." He realized quickly that here was an equally great opportunity to minister to thou…


May 10-1944 Women’s Auxiliary formally organized in NC Conference, Lila Berry elected 1st Pres. Originally a “preacher’s Wives Club”.

Lila Berry, remarking on the first organization of Pentecostal Holiness women in May 10,1944, noted: “A small group of women (and nearly as many men) met in the historic little church in Falcon…I hardly think any of us knew just what we wanted , but out of a yearning heart to do something to help the church and a determination to find our places in God’s great harvest field, we met….” (Campbell, J. The Pentecostal Holiness Church, 1898-1948; pg.388-389). The first group was organized under the conference leadership of W. Eddie Morris in Falcon, N.C. and their first speaker was T.A. Melton. (Synan, Old Time Power, pg. 214). The first leader was Mrs. Lila Berry who set her sights on expanding the new outreach across the denomination and did so in the General Conference of 1945. The ministry touched a cord and provided a new and vital means of ministering t…


Another new work being added is - WOMEN WITH THE GOOD NEWS: The Rhetorical Heritage of Pentecostal Holiness Women Preachers - by Dr. Kristen Dayle Welch Order from (click title for link) or direct from CPT Press.

The first book to share interviews with women preachers of the International Pentecostal Holiness Church (IPHC), Dr. Welch explores rhetoric, gender, and religion in the biographies, autobiographies, and histories that detail what it means to be a Pentecostal woman preacher in Oklahoma. Archival materials provide a picture of Pentecostalism years before Oklahoma became a state in 1907, and a transcribed interview with the former Presiding Bishop of the IPHC, James Leggett, gives a contemporary view of what it means to be Pentecostal in the 21st century. A Christian scholar who grew up in the IPHC, Dr. Welch draws upon the field of rhetoric to use Jim Corder's theory of generative ethos to illuminate the way identity is constructed on individual, collective, and …

Dr. Stanley Horton Donates Work to Collection

Dr. Stanley M. Horton, recognized as a pivotal shaper of pentecostal theology in the 20th century, has graciously donated a copy of the biography written by Lois E. Olena with Raymond L. Gannon with a Foreword by George O. Wood. Stanley M. Horton is well known and respected as a gifted leader—a history-maker whose impact will be felt on future generations forever.

Discover how God used his writings and teachings to affirm the doctrinal destiny of Pentecostalism and the Assemblies of God in the twentieth century and up to the present. You’ll enjoy the adventures and miracles of his childhood set against the backdrop of early Pentecostalism. You’ll also learn how he went on to unite passionate faith and disciplined scholarship in a beautiful balance.

Leaders young and old will be inspired by the humble grace of this faithful servant of Christ. Paper.