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Harris, Leo Cecil
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Leo Cecil Harris (1920–1977) was the founder of the CRC Churches International in Australia. He was the son of Cecil Harris, an Apostolic pastor who had been converted in Perth, Western Australia, under the ministry of flamboyant South African evangelist Frederick Van Eyk. As an eight-year-old, Leo Harris turned to the Lord through the preaching of Charles Greenwood. Immediately he became a fervent evangelist, writing out biblical texts with colored pencils and pasting them on local lamp posts.

In 1935, at the age of 15, Harris was baptized in water and the following year baptized in the…

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Chant, Barry, “Harris, Leo Cecil”, in: Brill's Encyclopedia of Global Pentecostalism Online, Edited by: Michael Wilkinson, Connie Au, Jörg Haustein, Todd M. Johnson. Consulted online on 01 December 2023 <>
First published online: 2019
First print edition: 20201204

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