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"WHO ARE CHARLES FOX PARHAM & WILLIAM SEYMOUR?"



Pastor Selara R. Mann, Jr.

Exacting Truth Ministries

Summary:

Charles Fox Parham was born on June 4, 1873 in Muscatine, Iowa and died in 1929. He is widely considered to be the Father of the Pentecostal Movement even today despite reports of sodomy emerging in 1907 and racism-records that indicate Parham became a full member of the Klu Klux Klan in 1910. He started his own ministry in 1895, after breaking away from the Methodist Church due to a fall out with the hierarchy. After suffering a mental breakdown in the summer of 1900, Parham entered into a period of study and introspection. By 1903, he had firmly established the basis of what would become the Pentecostal Movement and was speaking before thousands. He never pastored a singular congregation, but spent his lifetime instead traveling from place to place across the United States, Canada, and Mexico.

William Seymour is considered to be the co-founder of Modern Pentecostalism. He was born in Louisiana in 1870 and died in 1922. In 1905, he attended Charles Fox Parham’s School of the Holy Ghost in Houston, Texas. Due to strict segregation laws, he sat outside of the classroom in the hallway. Before receiving "the gift of the Holy Ghost" by the evidence of speaking in tongues, William Seymour traveled to Los Angeles and began the Azusa Street Revivals. He conducted sermons three times a day, seven days a week, for close to three years. The services were conducted without a preference for age, race, or gender, an anomaly of the times. Charles Fox Parham denounced the mixing of the races and emotionalism of the services and out of this came the first splits and a number of denominations.



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