Brill's Encyclopedia of Global Pentecostalism Online

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

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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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Balcombe, Dennis

(879 words)

Author(s): Au, Connie
Dennis Balcombe (1945–) is an American Charismatic missionary to Hong Kong (HK) and China. He was born in El Centro, Southern California. According to his own account, the Methodist church which he was brought up in focused on the social gospel and politics. While thinking that it was the best and true church, his friend invited him to see miracles in the Assemblies of God. He was born again and felt called to China at sixteen years old. He was baptized by the Spirit and spoke in tongues at his Methodist gra…
Date: 2021-07-16

Baptism in the Holy Spirit

(994 words)

Author(s): Vondey, Wolfgang
Derived from biblical accounts surrounding the day of Pentecost, baptism in the Holy Spirit and its synonyms—Spirit baptism, baptism with (or in) the Holy Ghost, baptism with fire, baptism of love, the Pentecostal baptism and others—refers strictly speaking to the experience of the outpouring and reception of the Holy Spirit by the disciples of Jesus recorded in the New Testament. The original moment of this baptism, contained in the observation that the disciples “were all filled with the Holy Spirit” (Acts 2:4), is interpreted as the eschatological fulfillment of God’s promise …
Date: 2021-07-16

Barratt, Thomas Ball

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Author(s): Alegre, Rakel
Thomas Ball Barratt (1862–1940) was a British-Norwegian pastor, evangelist, and writer who has become known as the “apostle of Pentecostalism to Europe,” due to his important role in the revival’s first years (Alegre 2019). Barratt was born in Albaston, in Cornwall, England, to devout Wesleyan Methodist parents. When he was five years old the family moved to Norway, as his father had accepted a position as the manager of a sulphur ore mine at Varaldsøy in Hardanger. From age eleven to sixteen he…
Date: 2021-07-16

Bartleman, Frank and Anna (Ladd)

(965 words)

Author(s): Donev, Dony K.
Anna Ladd Bartleman was the wife of Azusa Street Revival historian Frank Bartleman. Born on November 7, 1876 in Tarnovo, Bulgaria she was one of the many orphans who lost their parents during the Russian-Turkish war and Bulgaria’s liberation. Anna was adopted by a Methodist missionary couple, Rev. John Savillian Ladd (April 7, 1852–November 13, 1912) and Celia Rosette (Rosa) Doolittle (September 28, 1851–June, 29 1922). They were married on May 24, 1881 in Philippopolis (Plovdiv), Bulgaria and s…
Date: 2021-07-16


(1,068 words)

Author(s): Creemers, Jelle
Pentecostal/Charismatic Christianity in Belgium represents a small religious minority in a country that is historically Roman Catholic and today heavily secularized. Luther’s protests in the early sixteenth century found fertile ground in the area today known as Belgium, as did the radical Anabaptist movement, but a repressive Spanish (and Catholic) regime soon extinguished virtually all Protestant presence. Only after the independence of the Kingdom of Belgium in 1830 did small revivals of Prot…
Date: 2021-07-16


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Author(s): Quiroz-Uria, Sitna
Located in West Africa, between Nigeria and Togo, lies the Republic of Benin and former French colony of Dahomey. In contrast to neighboring anglophone countries in West Africa, Pentecostals in Benin constitute a relative minority in relation to other religious affiliations. The relative effervescence of charismatic and Pentecostal churches in the late twentieth century can be seen as one chapter within the longer history of Christianity in this country. Yet, despite their relative low official …
Date: 2021-07-16

Berntsen, Bernt

(848 words)

Author(s): Reed, David
Bernt Berntsen (1863–1933) was a Norwegian American and one of the earliest Pentecostal missionaries in China. He was the first missionary to introduce Oneness Pentecostalism to China, thereby becoming the critical link in the formation of the indigenous True Jesus Church.Berntsen was born and reared in Larvik, Norway. Following his marriage to Magna Berg (1867–1935), together they migrated to the USA in 1893. Spiritually restless and searching for a deeper commitment in his faith, he volunteered as a missionary to China. In 1904—the …
Date: 2021-07-16

Bethel Church

(808 words)

Author(s): McClymond, Michael
Bethel Church is a non-denominational charismatic megachurch based in Redding, California, USA, pastored by Bill Johnson, and as of 2019 attracting some nine thousand weekly attendees. On its website Bethel calls itself  “a community of believers passionate about God’s manifest presence,” who “believe that God is good and our great privilege is to know and experience him,” and who “exist to ignite individual hearts until Heaven meets Earth.” The congregation exerts a global influence through its…
Date: 2021-07-16