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Pentecostal and charismatic churches in the UK are diverse. They vary in their history, to some extent in their doctrine, ecclesiology, practice and social attitudes, and in their resources. Their congregations range from small and struggling start-ups to powerful megachurches.

Three classical indigenous Pentecostal denominations can date their beginnings to the years of, or just after, the 1914‒18 war. Essentially, they came out of the Welsh Revival of 1904‒05. The first Pentecostal denomination to be formed was the Apostolic Faith Church in Bournemouth in 19…

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Kay, William K., “United Kingdom”, in: Brill's Encyclopedia of Global Pentecostalism Online, Edited by: Michael Wilkinson, Connie Au, Jörg Haustein, Todd M. Johnson. Consulted online on 03 October 2023 <>
First published online: 2019
First print edition: 20201204

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