Pub. date: 2010 | Online Pub. Date: October 18, 2010 | DOI: 10.4135/9781412979344 | Print ISBN: 9781412960830 | Online ISBN: 9781412979344| Publisher:SAGE Publications, Inc.About this handbook
Chapter 56: Women as Leaders in Pentecostal/Charismatic Religions
Women as leaders in Pentecostal/Charismatic religions At the turn of the 20th century, Charles Parham, formulator of the core Pentecostal doctrine of initial evidence of speaking in tongues accompanying Holy Spirit baptism, organized a Bible school to promulgate that doctrine and train men and women for ministry. On New Year's Eve, 1900, 3 months after he established the school, Agnes Ozman requested that Parham lay hands on her and pray that she receive the baptism of the Holy Spirit with the evidence of tongues. Reportedly, shortly after midnight on January 1, 1901, she ushered in the new movement, speaking in fluent Chinese and unable to speak in English for 3 days. Further, when she attempted to write during that period, she wrote in Chinese characters. Six years after that episode, the 1906 Los Angeles, Azusa Street Revival, which signaled the beginning of the modern Pentecostal movement, was notable for its ...