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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Page, Albert T. and Lou

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Author(s): Gore, Kellesi
Albert Page (1882–1918) was an Australian born evangelist and Love Lou Farrington (1886–1919) was an American school teacher. They met in the U.S. Love was her first name and by all accounts this was her nature. She was known by her middle name of Lou.In 1905, Albert spent time in India working in the Government Service prior to coming to the U.S. where he encountered a Pentecostal mission and accepted Christ. Shortly after, he went to New York where he established a church and was later ordained as a Pentecostal Minister. Albert and L…
Date: 2020-03-19


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Author(s): Newberg, Eric
In Palestine there are about 70,000 Christians in the West Bank and 1000 in Gaza out of a total population of approximately 4.5 million. Christians comprise approximately 2 percent of the population of the West Bank and less than 1 percent in Gaza. Christian groups in the West Bank and Gaza include Eastern Orthodoxy, Oriental Orthodoxy, Catholicism (Eastern and Western rites), Anglicanism, Protestantism, and Pentecostalism, concentrated mainly in East Jerusalem, Ramallah, Nablus, and Bethlehem (…
Date: 2020-03-19

Pentecostal Assemblies of Canada

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Author(s): Stewart, Adam
The Pentecostal Assemblies of Canada (PAOC) was established on May 17, 1919. What would eventually become the country’s largest Pentecostal denomination, however, initially represented fewer than thirty congregations in eastern Canada. Also in 1919, Pentecostals in western Canada joined the American Pentecostal denomination, the Assemblies of God, as the Western Canada District Council of the Assemblies of God. The existence of two separate Canadian Pentecostal organizations was a result of the …
Date: 2020-01-14

Pentecostal Charismatic Churches of North America

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Author(s): Melton, John Gordon
Formal cooperative relations between Pentecostal denominations in the United States and Canada remained informal through the first half-century of the movement but were catalyzed by the 1942 formation of the National Association of Evangelicals (NAE) and the initial post-World War II gathering of the Pentecostal World Conference. Following the 1948 NAE meeting in Chicago, representatives of eight Pentecostal denominations held a preliminary gathering, which was followed by a second meeting also …
Date: 2020-03-19

Pentecostal Mission, Hong Kong

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Author(s): Au, Connie
Pentecostal Mission was founded in 1907 by a Chinese Congregationalist, Mok Lai Chi, and his fellow members who were baptized by the Holy Spirit during A.G. and Lilian Garr’s revival ministry in Hong Kong (HK). These Congregationalists first worshipped in their church building but had to move out due to their pastor’s complaint about their noise. They rented other places to worship and welcomed foreign missionaries. Mok edited the  Pentecostal Truths in Chinese and English to report revival news in HK, China, and many places around the world. During Mok’s pastorsh…
Date: 2019-12-20

Pentecostals/Charismatics by country, region, continent and globe

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Author(s): Johnson, Todd M.
The following table contains data on Pentecostals/Charismatics in every country of the world. Each column includes an estimate for 1970 and 2020. Short explanations of each column are presented below.Country/region Short name of country (United Nations) and United Nations regions and continentsYear 1970 and 2020Population United Nations estimates for the country/region populationChristians Christians of all traditions (Catholic, Orthodox, Protestant, Independent)% Christians Percentage of the country/region that are ChristianPentecostals/Charismatics Pentecosta…
Date: 2020-01-16

Pethrus, Lewi

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Author(s): Davidsson, Tommy
Lewi Pethrus (1884–1974), originally named Pethrus Lewi Johansson, was the prominent face of Swedish Pentecostalism for more than six decades. He was a controversial figure in his day, but also a man who instilled respect and admiration far beyond his own circles. His prolific writings, his vast national and international network, and his presence on key committees guaranteed his longevity.Lewi Pethrus was born on the March 11, 1884 in Vargön, Sweden, to Johan and Kristina Johnson. At the age of 15, he moved to the neighboring town of Vänersborg where h…
Date: 2019-12-20