Who's Who in Pentecostalism
The preachers, teachers, and healers through whom the Spirit moves.
BY: Patton Dodd
John Ashcroft was raised in the Assemblies of God, the nation’s largest Pentecostal denomination. Ashcroft served as governor of Missouri, U.S. senator, and Attorney General of the United States. In keeping with a practice widely used in Pentecostalism, he was anointed with oil each time he took a new political office.
Kenneth Copeland, Kenneth Copeland Ministries
Host of "Believer’s Voice of Victory," Kenneth Copeland has long been a popular minister in the Word of Faith wing of Pentecostalism. His televised Bible studies emphasize the need to believe that God will bring health and prosperity.
Paul and Jan Crouch, Trinity Broadcasting Network
In 1973, Paul and Jan Crouch founded Trinity Broadcasting Network with partners Jim and Tammy Faye Bakker, who are also connected to the Pentecostal movement. Today, TBN is the largest Christian network in the world, reaching 100,000,000 homes around the globe. The network features a variety of Christian ministers from Catholic to Southern Baptist, but its content is overwhelmingly Pentecostal and Charismatic.
Harper's has called Ted Haggard, the senior pastor of New Life Church in Colorado Springs, the most influential evangelical in American politics. Along with James Dobson, the powerful founder of Focus on the Family, Haggard put Colorado Springs on the map as the epicenter of evangelicalism. He also serves as president of the National Association of Evangelicals, which represents 30 million evangelical Christians. A graduate of Oral Roberts University, Haggard's teaching emphasizes the work of the Holy Spirit in the life of believers.
John Hagee, Cornerstone Church
John Hagee’s Cornerstone Church in San Antonio, Texas has more than 18,000 members. Hagee’s Charismatic teaching can be heard on radio and television broadcasts around the world. He is perhaps best known for his vocal support of the State of Israel and his work on Jewish-Christian relations.