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Balcombe, Dennis
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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 grandparents’ home, but they disapproved of his experience. He studied at Southern Calif…

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Au, Connie, “Balcombe, Dennis”, in: Brill's Encyclopedia of Global Pentecostalism Online, Edited by: Michael Wilkinson, Connie Au, Jörg Haustein, Todd M. Johnson. Consulted online on 10 December 2023 <>
First published online: 2019
First print edition: 20201204

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