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Society for Pentecostal Studies
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The founding meeting of the Society for Pentecostal Studies (SPS) took place November 6, 1970 in Dallas, TX during the Pentecostal World Conference. Of the 139 attendees, SPS formed with 108 charter members. Three Pentecostal scholars envisioned the Society: Dr. Vinson Synan of the Pentecostal Holiness Church; Dr. Horace Ward of the Church of God, Cleveland, TN; and Dr. William Menzies of the Assemblies of God. Synan had visited Pentecostal archives in 1969 and encountered scholars desiring an academic society where diverse Spirit-filled believers could reflect on Pentecostalism th…

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Olena, Lois E., “Society for Pentecostal Studies”, in: Brill's Encyclopedia of Global Pentecostalism Online, Edited by: Michael Wilkinson, Connie Au, Jörg Haustein, Todd M. Johnson. Consulted online on 27 September 2023 <>
First published online: 2019
First print edition: 20201204

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