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A timeline of events before and after the appearance of the Pentecostal movement starting in 1867 with the formation of the National Holiness Association, the Pentecostal birth events at Topeka, Kansas, and Azusa Street in Los Angeles and the rapid multiplication of Pentecostal churches and their maturing.

A discussion of key leaders of the Pentecostal movement of the early 20th century, including John Alexander Dowie, A.B. Simpson, Charles Parham and William Seymour. The Pentecostal movement is by far the largest and most important religious movement of the twentieth century. The author says: “Beginning in 1901 with only a handful of students in a Bible School in Topeka, Kansas, the number of Pentecostals steadily increased throughout the world during the Twentieth Century until by 1993 they had become the largest family of Protestants in the world. In 2000, there were an estimated 560 million Pentecostals in the world.”

Pentecostalism or Classical Pentecostalism is a renewal movement[1] within Christianity that places special emphasis on a direct personal experience of God through the baptism with the Holy Spirit. The term Pentecostal is derived from Pentecost, the Greek name for the Jewish Feast of Weeks. For Christians, this event commemorates the descent of the Holy Spirit upon the followers of Jesus Christ, as described in the second chapter of the Book of Acts.

Quick Facts on the Pentecostal movement around the world, part of an online conversations on faith website, containing a library of theological definitions

An article from the New York Times on the web, part of a series of articles on “How Race is Lived in America,” published June 4, 2000.