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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Author(s): Karagiannis, Evangelos
Very little is known about Greek Pentecostalism. Academic interest in Greek Pentecostal churches has always been limited, with very little scholarly research ever reaching publication. Whatever information we may possess, it originates with publications coming from the churches themselves, from important personalities of the movement, and from sources close to the Orthodox Church of Greece, which has been traditionally unfavorably disposed towards Pentecostalism. The most credible estimates talk…
Date: 2021-07-16

Greenwood, Charles L.

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Author(s): Austin, Denise A.
Charles Louis Greenwood (1891–1969) was an Australian Pentecostal church planter, missional revivalist, healing evangelist and denominational leader. He pioneered and pastored Richmond Temple in Melbourne, one of the most significant churches within the Assemblies of God in Australia (AGA). Greenwood also served two terms as AGA general chairman.Charles L. Greenwood, commonly known as C.L. Greenwood, was born in inner city Melbourne. He was one of the 12 children to Normington and Rebecca Greenwood. After his father died, C.L. Greenwood left…
Date: 2021-07-16


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Author(s): Medina, Néstor
The presence of Pentecostalism in Guatemala was made possible by the entrance of mainline Protestantism, when President Justo Rufino Barrios travelled to New York (1871) and requested the Presbyterian Missions to redirect one of their missionaries (John Clark Hill) to Guatemala. With the arrival of the Presbyterians, a number of other Protestant denominations also established missions in Guatemala, including the Nazarenes and the Primitive Methodist church. In 1901 the Nazarenes adopted the name…
Date: 2021-07-16

Guneratnam, Prince

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Author(s): Tong, Joy
Prince Guneratnam is the senior pastor of the Malaysia-based Calvary Church, one of the largest churches in southeast Asia. He has been in the ministry since 1966. He and his wife, Petrina Guneratnam, became the senior pastors of Calvary Church in 1972. Under their leadership, the church has grown from a congregation of 120 to establishing over thirty-one daughter churches.Guneratnam is a gifted speaker and evangelist. He served in several key leadership positions of national and international Christian bodies. He was the first Malaysian General Superi…
Date: 2021-07-16