Brill's Encyclopedia of Global Pentecostalism Online

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In the 1920s, Swedish missionaries arrived in Spain, bringing the first Pentecostal experiences to the Iberian Peninsula. Pastors Julia and Martin Wahlsten, founded the first Pentecostal church in the city of Gijon. Other Swedish missionary families such as the Johansson’s, Stahlberg’s, Armstrong’s, and Forsberg’s helped to found congregations throughout the country (Martín-Arroyo and Branco 2011). However, by 1936, Pentecostals were forced out by the Civil War (1936–1939) and anti-evangelical sentiments grew afterwards, further hampering the evangelical efforts of a s…

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Cazarin, Rafael, “Spain”, in: Brill's Encyclopedia of Global Pentecostalism Online, Edited by: Michael Wilkinson, Connie Au, Jörg Haustein, Todd M. Johnson. Consulted online on 06 June 2023 <>
First published online: 2019
First print edition: 20210810

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