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Jones, Abner (1772-1841), evangelist, founder and leader of the Christian Connection  

David Kling

Jones, Abner (28 April 1772–29 May 1841), evangelist, founder and leader of the Christian Connection, was born on a farm in Royalston, Massachusetts, the son of Deacon Asa Jones and Dorcas Wade, both devout Separate Calvinist Baptists. In 1780 the family was among the first to inhabit the vicinity of Bridgewater, Vermont, a virtual wilderness in the upper Connecticut valley. Abner’s religious upbringing, the influence of itinerating Baptist revivalists, and the harsh, uncertain conditions of the frontier occasioned periodic bouts of gloom and spiritual torment. In his ...


Tomlinson, A. J. (1865-1943), Pentecostal evangelist, cofounder of the Church of God in Cleveland, Tennessee, and founder of the Church of God of Prophecy  

R. G. Robins

Tomlinson, A. J. (22 September 1865–02 October 1943), Pentecostal evangelist, cofounder of the Church of God in Cleveland, Tennessee, and founder of the Church of God of Prophecy, was born Ambrose Jessup Tomlinson near Westfield, Indiana, the youngest child and only son of Milton Tomlinson (1820-1899), a farmer and road contractor, and Delilah Hiatt (1826-1909). Milton, a nonpracticing Quaker prominent in local business circles and active in the Republican Party, groomed his son for the largely secular world of small-town commerce and civic duty. A gifted student, A. J. graduated from Westfield's Union High School and later performed in the drama troupe of a local literary society. After graduation he, like his father, combined farming with enterprise, partnering with a friend to launch a well-drilling business....


Woodworth-Etter, Maria Beulah (1844-1924), Holiness-Pentecostal evangelist and pastor  

Michael Thomas Girolimon

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....