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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, Canada 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 meetings conducted by evangelist Robert Semple, where she experienced the baptis…

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Ambrose, Linda M., “McPherson, Aimee Semple”, in: Brill's Encyclopedia of Global Pentecostalism Online, Edited by: Michael Wilkinson, Connie Au, Jörg Haustein, Todd M. Johnson. Consulted online on 11 April 2021 <>
First published online: 2019
First print edition: 20201204

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