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McPherson, Aimee Semple
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Aimee Semple McPherson (1890–1944), founder of the International Church of the Foursquare Gospel, was born near Ingersoll, Ontario to Mildred (Minnie) Pearce, a Salvation Army worker, and James Kennedy, a Methodist farmer. As a precocious teenager, Aimee Kennedy grappled with difficult questions including the relationship between faith and science, but she also enjoyed popular culture and practiced her skills of performance and dramatic reading. In 1907 she attended a series of Pentecostal meeti…

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Ambrose, Linda M., “McPherson, Aimee Semple”, in: Brill's Encyclopedia of Global Pentecostalism Online, Edited by: Michael Wilkinson, Conny Au, Jörg Haustein, Todd M. Johnson. Consulted online on 04 April 2020 <>
First published online: 2019

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