The Rise of Pentecostalism: Christian History Timeline
The Rise of Pentecostalism
April 1, 1998
1867 National Holiness Association forms in Vineland, New Jersey
1879 Isaiah Reed forms the largest holiness association in America, the Iowa Holiness Association
1887 A. B. Simpson founds the Christian and Missionary Alliance to promote the Holiness "Fourfold Gospel"
1895 B. H. Irwin teaches a third blessing "baptism of Fire," splitting the Iowa Holiness Association and forming the Iowa Fire-Baptized Holiness Association
1896 Schearer Schoolhouse Fire-Baptized Holiness revival experiences tongues
1897 Charles H. Mason and C.T. Jones form the Church of God in Christ in Lexington, Mississippi
1898 First congregation of the Pentecostal Holiness Church in Goldsboro, North Carolina
1901 Agnes Ozman speaks in tongues in Topeka. Charles Parham calls tongues the "Bible evidence" for baptism in the Spirit
1902 First congregation of the Church of God formed at Camp Creek, North Carolina
1905 William Seymour accepts Pentecostal doctrine from Parham in Houston, Texas
1906 First General Assembly of the Church of God (Cleveland, Tenn.)
1906-1909 Azusa Street Revival; Pentecostalism becomes global under Seymour's leadership
1907 T. B. Barrett opens Pentecostal meetings in Oslo. Begins Pentecostal movements in Scandinavia, England, and Germany
1907 G. B. Cashwell spreads Pentecostalism in the South
1908 John G. Lake begins South African Apostolic Faith Mission
1908 Church of God (Cleveland, Tenn.) accepts Pentecostalism under A. J. Tomlinson
1909 Luigi Francescon and Giacomo Lombardi begin Italian Pentecostal movements in the U.S., Italy, Argentina, and Brazil
1909 German evangelicals condemn Pentecostals in the "Berlin Declaration"
1909 Florence Crawford founds the Apostolic Faith Church in Portland, Oregon
1910 W. H. Durham begins "Finished Work" movement in Chicago
1912 Maria Woodworth-Etter becomes a popular Pentecostal preacher in Dallas
1914 The Assemblies of God formed in Hot Springs, Arkansas
1916 The Oneness Movement splits the Assemblies of God
1919 Pentecostal Assemblies of the World incorporated
1923 A. J. Tomlinson forms the Church of God of Prophecy
1927 Aimee Semple McPherson forms International Church of the Foursquare Gospel in Los Angeles
1928 Mary Rumsey opens first Pentecostal missions to Korea and Japan
1943 American Pentecostal churches accepted as charter members of the National Association of Evangelicals
1945 Several mergers produce the United Pentecostal Church (Missouri)
1948 Healing crusades begin under William Branham and Oral Roberts
1867 Karl Marx predicts a proletariat takeover in Das Kapital
1877 Thomas Edison invents the phonograph, recording the words "Mary had a little lamb"
1883 Friedrich Nietzsche, in Thus Spake Zarathustra, writes, "I teach you the Superman. Man is something to be surpassed."
1900 Sigmund Freud publishes The Interpretation of Dreams, one of the seminal works of psychoanalysis
1901 Guglielmo Marconi sends the first wireless message across the Atlantic Ocean
1903 Bicycle mechanics Orville and Wilbur Wright fly the first airplane
1905 Albert Einstein begins publishing his theory of relativity
1912 The Titanic sinks, killing 1,500 passengers and crew
1917 Bolshevik troops, led by Vladmir Lenin, take control in Russia
1925 Adolf Hitler pens Mein Kampf (My Struggle)
1926 Television invented in London by John Logie Baird
1927 Charles Lindbergh crosses the Atlantic Ocean alone in his Spirit of St. Louis
1941 Rudolf Bultmann questions biblical history in his New Testament and Mythology
1945 Atomic bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki
Vinson Synan is dean of Regent University's divinity school (in Virginia Beach, Va.) and author of The Holiness-Pentecostal Tradition: Charismatic Movements in the Twentieth Century (Eerdmans, 1997).
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