du Plessis, David Johannes
- C. Douglas Weaver
du Plessis, David Johannes (07 February 1905–02 February 1987), ecumenical Pentecostal minister, was born in Twenty-four Rivers (near Cape Town), South Africa, the son of David J. du Plessis, a carpenter and lay preacher, and Anna Cornelia (maiden name unknown). One of twelve siblings, du Plessis was raised in the Pentecostal movement, the Christian movement that claimed to receive the “gifts of the Spirit”—including speaking in tongues, prophecy, and miraculous healings—that had been granted to the first-century church on the day of Pentecost. He had a religious conversion at the age of eleven but, according to his testimony, did not receive the distinctive Pentecostal baptism of the Holy Spirit until two years later because he had failed to confess a lie that he had told his parents. He became a boy preacher at the age of fifteen for the Apostolic Faith Mission (AFM), the largest Pentecostal group in South Africa....