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Wimber, John
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John Wimber (1934–1997) was a musician, adult convert, pastor, teacher, author, and church founder. He was associated with the “signs and wonders” movement, contemporary Christian worship music, and the Association of Vineyard Churches. Born in Kirksville, Missouri, USA, into a working-class family, he showed musical talent early in life, and in 1962 organized and played keyboard with The Righteous Brothers. Wimber was converted in 1963 and abandoned his musical career just when it was poised to take off.

Ordained by the California Yearly Meeting of Friends (Quaker) in 19…

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McClymond, Michael, “Wimber, John”, in: Brill's Encyclopedia of Global Pentecostalism Online, Edited by: Michael Wilkinson, Connie Au, Jörg Haustein, Todd M. Johnson. Consulted online on 08 December 2023 <>
First published online: 2019
First print edition: 20201204

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