The Roots of Pentecostalism in Kansas


The Roots of Pentecostalism in Kansas




Pentecostalism, also known as the Apostolic Faith Movement: a renewal movement within Protestant Christianity placing emphasis on the restoration of the “gifts of the Holy Spirit” including glossolalia, healing, prophesying, and the interpretation of prophecy.

In 2018-19, the Religion in Kansas Project examined the sparsely documented roots of the Pentecostal movement in Topeka, Kansas. Intern-driven field and archival research culminated in an open access digital exhibition and public presentation conveying the origins of the movement as well as how social, economic, religious, and physical features of Kansas influenced early Pentecostalism.

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William J. Seymour
Photograph of William Seymour was an African American minister, and an initiator of the Pentecostal religious movement.

Parham's Office
Photo of Parham's former office in Tree of Life Fellowship.

Healing Room 2
One of 14 healing rooms on the second floor of Tree of Life Fellowship.

Multipurpose Space
Multipurpose space on second floor of Tree of Life Fellowship.

Agnes Ozman
Photograph of Agnes Ozman

The Life and Ministry of William J. Seymour
Biography and collected sermons of William Seymour

Mary Elizabeth Lease
Photograph of Mary Elizabeth Lease

Free Silver vs. The Gold Standard
An illustration from Coin's Financial School; the young Coin (center) invites the reader to choose prosperity with free silver, or ruin with the gold standard.
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