Brill's Encyclopedia of Global Pentecostalism Online

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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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Wagner, Charles Peter

(1,138 words)

Author(s): Bialecki, Jon
Charles Peter Wagner (August 15, 1930–October 21, 2016) was an American missionary, educator, a founder of multiple organizations, a promoter of the “third wave” of the charismatic movement and of the New Apostolic Reformation (with both movements having had their name coined by Wagner himself). He was also himself an apostle, at least as measured by his own standards. After being awarded a Th.M. from Princeton Theological Seminary, Wagner began his career as a missionary in Bolivia. From 1956 to 1971, he worked with two missionary organizations, the S…
Date: 2021-07-16

Wang, Zai (Leland Wang)

(554 words)

Author(s): Hung, Shin Fung
Zai Wang (Leland Wang, 1898–1975) was born to a non-Christian family in Fuzhou. He received education in Nanyang College in Shanghai and Chefoo Navel College. He became a naval officer after graduation.Wang was led to Christ by his wife Pan Xiao Rong. They married in 1916 in a Protestant church. Wang started going to church with her on the first Sunday after their wedding. After studying the Bible, Wang came to Christ and was baptized by immersion in Xiamen in 1920. In 1921, Wang responded to the growing call into ministry; h…
Date: 2021-07-16

Weepers, China

(512 words)

Author(s): Liu, Yi
The “Weepers” refers to the Word of Life Movement or Born-again Movement under the leadership of Peter Xu Yongze, which is one of the largest “house church” networks of China since the 1980s. It is said that the believers always cried out loud during prayer and even considered it as a sign of salvation. To some extent, the Weepers are a counterpart of the “Shouters” as a twin brother of Chinese “house churches.”Its origin can be traced back to 1982, when Peter Xu Yongze called the first general conference of “house churches” in Henan Province. They also sent the fi…
Date: 2021-07-16

Wei, Paul (Wei, Enbo)

(549 words)

Author(s): Reed, David
Paul Wei (1876–1919) was the leading figure in the founding of  the indigenous Chinese True Jesus Church (TJC). Following his Christian conversion, Wei’s beliefs were shaped in part by Western missionaries, especially Oneness Pentecostals (OP) and Seventh-Day Adventists. OP taught that baptism should be invocated in the name of Jesus Christ, and the Trinity belong to only the economy of salvation. Before his death, however, Wei broke fellowship with missionaries, and claimed the authority of div…
Date: 2021-07-16

Welsh Revival

(895 words)

Author(s): Kay, William K.
The principality of Wales has for centuries been part of United Kingdom. It retains its own ancient language although the vast majority of speakers are bilingual in English and Welsh. Its population is concentrated on the south and north coasts with only farming villages and small towns in the mountainous and hilly interior. Late Victorian railways, coal mines and quarries brought prosperity to the region. Religiously, the monoglot English tended to be landowners worshipping in the Anglican chur…
Date: 2021-07-16