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Parham, Charles
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Born June 4, 1873 in Muscatine, Iowa, Charles Fox Parham was a holiness preacher, evangelist, and founder of the Bethel Healing Home and Bible school in Topeka, Kansas. He became the self-proclaimed Projector of the Apostolic Faith Movement, where he popularized the teaching that the “Bible evidence” of baptism in the Holy Spirit is speaking in other tongues. A small number of Apostolic Faith churches that he led, are located primarily in the south-central region of the United States.

As a young boy, Parham was quite ill. When he received healing through prayer, he determined that he…

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Robeck, Cecil M., “Parham, Charles”, in: Brill's Encyclopedia of Global Pentecostalism Online, Edited by: Michael Wilkinson, Connie Au, Jörg Haustein, Todd M. Johnson. Consulted online on 02 October 2023 <>
First published online: 2019
First print edition: 20201204

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