Brill's Encyclopedia of Global Pentecostalism Online

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Executive Editor: Michael Wilkinson
Associate Editors: Connie Au, Jörg Haustein, Todd M. Johnson

Brill’s Encyclopedia of Global Pentecostalism Online (BEGP) provides a comprehensive overview of worldwide Pentecostalism from a range of disciplinary perspectives. It offers analysis at the level of specific countries and regions, historical figures, movements and organizations, and particular topics and themes. Pentecostal Studies draws upon areas of research such as anthropology, biblical studies, economics, gender studies, global studies, history, political science, sociology, theological studies, and other areas of related interest. The BEGP emphasizes this multi-disciplinary approach and includes scholarship from a range of disciplines, methods, and theoretical perspectives. Moreover, the BEGP is cross-cultural and transnational, including contributors from around the world to represent key insights on Pentecostalism from a range of countries and regions.

Providing summaries of the key literature, the BEGP will be the standard reference for Pentecostal Studies. All articles are fully text searchable and cross-referenced, with bibliographic information on scholarly work and recommendations for further reading.

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Macedo, Edir

(948 words)

Author(s): Ayres Mattos, Paulo
Edir Macedo Bezerra is the presiding bishop of the Igreja Universal do Reino de Deus (Universal Church of the Kingdom of God; UCKG) and the CEO of the Universal Holding Companies.When he was 32 years old, Macedo’s father left his poor home in northeast Brazil, looking for a better life in the more prosperous south, where he met his wife, Eugênia Macedo Bezerra. Living in a small rural town, Macedo’s parents were nominal Catholics with some Spiritualist incursions before they moved to Rio de Janeiro. Some years later, Macedo …
Date: 2020-03-19


(1,044 words)

Author(s): Cheong Weng Kit
Malaysia sits between West and East Asia geographically, and straddles the region culturally and religiously. Unsurprisingly, denominational/institutional Pentecostalism and independent charismatic figures/movements have also come from both areas.Institutionally, in West Malaysia, the Ceylon Pentecostal Mission arrived first, missionizing Indian and Ceylonese migrants in the 1930s. American Assemblies of God missionaries later followed in 1934, evangelizing Chinese urban migrants. The AOG’s impact became more significant …
Date: 2020-03-19

McAlister, R. E.

(913 words)

Author(s): Stewart, Adam
Robert Edward McAlister was born into a large Presbyterian farming family in Renfrew County, Ontario, in 1880. The family moved to Cobden, Ontario, in 1891, where McAlister had an important conversion experience in the holiness congregation led by Ralph Cecil Horner—an important Canadian radical holiness evangelist and founder of the Holiness Movement Church and the Standard Church of America. McAlister studied at God’s Bible School in Cincinnati, Ohio, during 1900–1902, before returning home du…
Date: 2019-12-20

McKeown, James and Sophia

(854 words)

Author(s): Donkor, Lord Elorm
James McKeown was the founder of the Church of Pentecost, which is the largest Protestant Church in Ghana. He was born on 12 September 1900 in Glenboig, near Glasgow. His parents were from Ballymena in Northern Ireland, but they lived temporarily in Scotland. His father, John William Mckeown, earned enough money to buy a farm in Tullynahinion, near Portglenone, County Antrim (Thomas 2016). James dropped out of school at the age of eleven to help his father in the farm. His parents were strict Pr…
Date: 2019-12-20

McPherson, Aimee Semple

(950 words)

Author(s): Ambrose, Linda M.
Aimee Semple McPherson (1890–1944), founder of the International Church of the Foursquare Gospel, was born near Ingersoll, Ontario to Mildred (Minnie) Pearce, a Salvation Army worker, and James Kennedy, a Methodist farmer. As a precocious teenager, Aimee Kennedy grappled with difficult questions including the relationship between faith and science, but she also enjoyed popular culture and practiced her skills of performance and dramatic reading. In 1907 she attended a series of Pentecostal meeti…
Date: 2019-12-20


(1,447 words)

Author(s): Pype, Katrien
Since its early beginnings, the spread of Pentecostal Christianity has depended to a great extent on the distribution of media forms such as booklets, radio tapes, flyers, but also music, dance and other performances that transport the Holy Spirit. “Media” here are understood to be carriers of divine messages and of spiritual energies.Many of the Pentecostal media initially originated in the United States, which has ever since remained a global center of Christian media production. Gradually, throughout the twentieth century, Pentecostal media ce…
Date: 2020-01-13


(1,203 words)

Author(s): Schuurman, Peter
Large churches have always existed in the history of the Christian church, from the early church in Antioch in the first century and its basilica, through the cathedrals of Europe, to Charles Spurgeon's Metropolitan Tabernacle in London (late 1800s) and Aimee Semple McPherson’s Angelus Temple in Los Angeles (early twentieth century). But advancements in amplification technology, architecture, and the advent of the automobile and its accompanying asphalt infrastructure have led to the proliferati…
Date: 2019-12-20