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Riubal, Julio Cesar
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Julio Cesar Riubal, named the “Apostle of the Andes,” was a prominent Pentecostal preacher, evangelist, and founder of Ekklesia, the largest Pentecostal denomination in Bolivia. Riubal was born on 15 May 1953 in Sucre Bolivia to a Catholic family, although he lived in La Paz for most of his childhood. Since a young age, he had an affinity for spirituality that led him to experiment with different new age practices and to abandon his Catholic upbringing. In 1969, Riubal immigrated to the United States at the age of 16 t…

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Ortiz, Daniel, “Riubal, Julio Cesar”, in: Brill's Encyclopedia of Global Pentecostalism Online, Edited by: Michael Wilkinson, Connie Au, Jörg Haustein, Todd M. Johnson. Consulted online on 20 April 2021 <>
First published online: 2019
First print edition: 20201204

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