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Albright, Jacob (01 May 1759–18 May 1808), founder of the Evangelical Association, a denomination now constitutive of the United Methodist church, was born near Pottstown, Pennsylvania, in Montgomery County, the son of John Albright (German spelling Albrecht); his mother’s identity is unknown. The Albrecht family were German-speaking Lutherans, and Albright was baptized and confirmed. His schooling was rudimentary. He served in the Revolution and lost a brother to the American cause. In 1785 he married Catherine Cope. They settled in Lancaster County, where Albright established a brick and tile business, a trade that he pursued even after taking up the ministry and that earned him a reputation as the “Honest Tilemaker.”...

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Esher, John Jacob (11 December 1823–16 April 1901), bishop of the Evangelical Association (later Evangelical church), bishop of the Evangelical Association (later Evangelical church), was born in the Alsatian village of Baldenheim, France, the son of John Esher and Ursula Schmidt, farmers. Esher’s family immigrated to the United States in 1830, settling first in Warren, Pennsylvania, and in 1836 in Des Plaines, Illinois....

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Roberts, Oral (24 January 1918–15 December 2009), Pentecostal pastor and healing evangelist, was born Granville Oral Roberts in Pontotoc County, Oklahoma, the fifth and youngest child of the Reverend Ellis Melvin Roberts and Claudius Priscilla Roberts (née Irwin), both ministers of the Pentecostal Holiness Church. He was raised in abject poverty. On his mother’s side he was descended from the Cherokee Indians and was proud to be a member of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma. Tall and slender, Roberts played basketball on his Ada, Oklahoma high school team and for a short time joined a local Methodist Church with his teammates. In 1935 at seventeen years of age, however, he contracted tuberculosis and was bedridden for five months. He was suddenly healed after his parents took him to a tent revival where the evangelist George W. Moncey laid hands on him and prayed a healing prayer. Roberts soon preached his first sermon and returned to the Pentecostal Holiness Church, where he was ordained in 1936. Two years later, on Christmas Day, he married Evelyn Lutman Fahnestock; the couple had four children....

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Seybert, John (17 July 1791–04 January 1860), first constitutional bishop of the Evangelical Association of North America, was born near Manheim, Pennsylvania, the son of Susan Kreuzer and Henry Seybert, farmers. His father had been conscripted to serve as a Hessian soldier with the forces of British king George III during the revolutionary war. Although his parents enrolled him in a catechism class in the Lutheran church at the age of twelve, he confessed in his journal that this in no way tempered his godless, licentious lifestyle and that they wisely withdrew him from the class rather than permit him to be confirmed as an ungodly youth. While enmeshed in an irreligious culture, Seybert was drawn to a “protracted meeting” of the “Albright people” ( ...