Brill's Encyclopedia of Global Pentecostalism Online

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The theory that world Pentecostalism had its origins in the Azusa Street Revival of 1906 has been disproved by various studies. However, scholars are certain that missionaries from Azusa Street who travelled across the world to preach the gospel arrived in Liberia before 1920. If we consider that Pentecostalism is about the experience and ministry in the power of the Holy Spirit then one of its pioneering prophets as far as Liberia is concerned, would be Prophet William Wadé Harris. He was an indigenous man of the Kru tribe who was imprisoned for…

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Asamoah-Gyadu, J. Kwabena, “Liberia”, in: Brill's Encyclopedia of Global Pentecostalism Online, Edited by: Michael Wilkinson, Connie Au, Jörg Haustein, Todd M. Johnson. Consulted online on 31 March 2023 <>
First published online: 2019
First print edition: 20201204

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