McPherson, Aimee Semple
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10/19/1890  - 9/27/1944
In 1910, Aimee Semple McPherson (1890-1944) traveled with her husband to China, where they served as missionaries. After he died of malaria, she returned to America and began conducting revivals around the country.

She was a dynamic speaker and faith-healer. Despite resistance from male clergy, she drew enthusiastic crowds -- and media coverage.

In 1923, McPherson opened the giant Angelus Temple in Los Angeles, one of America’s first megachurches, where she held flamboyant worship services that were beamed around Southern California via the church’s radio tower, KFSG, the first radio station owned and run by a woman.

She also began training preachers for new branches and in 1927, McPherson incorporated the International Church of the Foursquare Gospel, a Pentecostal denomination. That same year, she commissioned her first foreign missionaries.

She fed the hungry during the Depression, sold war bonds in World War II and led the denomination until her death.

The Foursquare Church currently has 66,000 congregations in 140 countries.
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Aimee McPherson preaching- Library of Congress, LC-DIG-npcc-16474

Aimee McPherson reading- Internet Archive- from The Second Coming of Christ by Aimee Semple McPherson

Aimee McPherson preaching at Angelus Temple- Hathi Trust- from The Holy Spirit by Aimee Semple McPherson

Aimee McPherson preaching 2- Library of Congress, LC-DIG-ggbain-31649

Aimee McPherson plan of redemption diagram- Internet Archive- from This is That by Aimee Semple McPherson
Book/Journal Source(s)
Lippy, Charles, and Peter Williams, 2010. Encyclopedia of Religion in America. Washington, D.C.: CQ Press.
Melton, J. Gordon, 2009. Melton's Encyclopedia of American Religions, Eighth Edition. Farmington Hills, MI: Gale.
Rosenbaum, Robert, 1982. The Concord Desk Encyclopedia . Concord Reference Books, Inc..
Web Source(s)
International Church of the Foursquare Gospel website, "Our Story. The History and Future of The Foursquare Church"
Web Page Contributor
Sandi Dolbee
Affliated with: Former Religion and Ethics Editor, The San Diego Union-Tribune

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