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Alamo, Susan (25 April 1925–08 April 1982), independent Pentecostal minister and television and radio evangelist, was born Edith Opal Horn in Dyer, Arkansas, the daughter of Edward Horn and Geneva McAlster. Edith Horn converted from Judaism to evangelical Protestantism as a child. After some high school and a brief early marriage (to Tom Brown), she moved to Hollywood to try to make a career as an actress. There she met and, around 1940, married Solomon Lipowitz, with whom she had one daughter, known as Christhaon Susan. This marriage officially ended in 1966, though the couple had separated sometime before. As Susan Lipowitz she worked sporadically as an actress but mostly traveled around the country with her daughter as an evangelical minister and tent missionary. In 1965, while working as a street evangelist in Hollywood, she met Tony Alamo (born Bernie Lazar Hoffman in 1934), a talent promoter in the music business. She soon converted Alamo, who also was born Jewish, to her strand of Protestantism, and they were married in 1966, once in Tijuana and twice in Las Vegas, to be “triple sure.” It was the third marriage for both....

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Edwards, Sarah Pierpont (09 January 1710–02 October 1758), devout Puritan and wife of Jonathan Edwards, the theologian and religious revivalist, devout Puritan and wife of Jonathan Edwards, the theologian and religious revivalist, was born in New Haven, Connecticut, the daughter of James Pierpont, a minister, and Mary Hooker. Her father died when she was four. Her family relations are noteworthy. Her mother, Mary Hooker, was the granddaughter of ...

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Heinemann, Barbara (11 January 1795–21 May 1883), a spiritual leader of the Community of True Inspiration (Amana Society), a spiritual leader of the Community of True Inspiration (Amana Society), was born in Leitersweiler, Alsace, the daughter of Peter Heinemann (Heynemann) and Anna (maiden name unknown), peasants. She received no formal education, and her early life was marked with hard work and poverty. At age eight she began factory work as a wool spinner and later became a household servant....

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Seiberling, Henrietta Buckler (18 March 1888–05 December 1979), member of a Christian fellowship, the Oxford Group, who brought together and inspired the cofounders of Alcoholics Anonymous, was born in Lawrenceburg, Kentucky, the daughter of Judge Julius A. Buckler and Mary Maddox. Henrietta’s childhood was spent in Texas, where her father was judge of the common pleas court in El Paso. She attended and received an A.B. degree from Vassar College, majoring in music with a minor in psychology. She met J. Frederick Seiberling, the son of Akron’s rubber industry leader, ...

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Tekakwitha, Kateri (1656–17 April 1680), Christian convert, whose baptismal name was Catherine, was born at the Mohawk village of Ossernenon, on the Mohawk River, the daughter of a Christian Algonquin mother and an Iroquois chief. Her mother had been taken captive at Three Rivers, Canada, by a band of raiding Mohawks who had adopted her; she later married into the tribe and had two children. A smallpox epidemic in 1660 killed both of Kateri’s parents and her brother and left her with pockmarks and a sensitivity to light that kept her indoors much of the time. After Iroquois custom, she was adopted by her paternal uncle....

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Woodworth-Etter, Maria Beulah (22 July 1844–16 September 1924), Holiness-Pentecostal evangelist and pastor, was born in New Lisbon (later Lisbon), Ohio, the daughter of Samuel Underwood, a farmer, and Matilda (maiden name unknown). Woodworth-Etter’s early years were marked by personal struggle. One of eight children, she received no formal education. Her family joined the Disciples of Christ in 1854, and her father died two years later. In 1857, she professed conversion and expressed a call into church ministry. After a one-month courtship during or shortly after the Civil War, she married Philo Harrison Woodworth, an injured veteran. Settling near Lisbon, the couple farmed unsuccessfully. Five of their six children died by early childhood....