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Hezmalhalch, Thomas
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Thomas Hezmalhalch (1847–1934) is also known as Tom Hezmalhalch or “Brother Tom.” He was an American missionary who together with John G. Lake founded the Apostolic Faith Mission (AFM) in South Africa with links to Azusa Street Revival (Kydd 2002). AFM went on to become the largest Classical denomination in South Africa to date (Kay 2011).

Hezmalhalch’s parents were English born in New Jersey, U.S.. He went to Leeds in England after the civil war and served as a preacher in a Wesleyan Methodist Church. After his return to the U.S. in 1884, he joined the Holiness movement and was eventually ba…

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M'fundisi-Holloway, Naar, “Hezmalhalch, Thomas”, in: Brill's Encyclopedia of Global Pentecostalism Online, Edited by: Michael Wilkinson, Connie Au, Jörg Haustein, Todd M. Johnson. Consulted online on 29 November 2023 <>
First published online: 2019
First print edition: 20201204

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