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Du Plessis, David
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David du Plessis (1905–1987) was a major figure in the twentieth-century Charismatic Movement. As a Classical Pentecostal who came to embrace the ecumenical movement, du Plessis served as a helpful bridge for mainline Protestants and Roman Catholics seeking to understand and explore new experiences of the Holy Spirit. Du Plessis spent the first half of his life in his native South Africa. He converted to Pentecostalism together with his family during the First World War. Later, he joined the Apostolic Faith Mission (AFM), a group that had been founded by missionaries John G. Lake and Thom…

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Ziefle, Joshua, “Du Plessis, David”, in: Brill's Encyclopedia of Global Pentecostalism Online, Edited by: Michael Wilkinson, Connie Au, Jörg Haustein, Todd M. Johnson. Consulted online on 25 February 2024 <>
First published online: 2019
First print edition: 20201204

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