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Jesus People Movement
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The Jesus People movment is a diverse and dynamic Christian phenomenon that arose in the late 1960s, attracting widespread attention across the United States. The Jesus People, also known as “Jesus freaks,” never had a singular founder or place of origin, and were never centralized. Nonetheless, their earliest expressions were certainly located on the West Coast, especially in California: early examples include the Christian World Liberation Front, led by Jack Sparks in Berkeley, and Chuck Smith’s Calvary Chapel in Santa Ana. Beginning in 1969, publications such as Right On! And the H…

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Huey, Keith, “Jesus People Movement”, in: Brill's Encyclopedia of Global Pentecostalism Online, Edited by: Michael Wilkinson, Connie Au, Jörg Haustein, Todd M. Johnson. Consulted online on 05 December 2023 <>
First published online: 2019
First print edition: 20201204

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