Pentecostalism Today

Drawing of the Pentecost

Parham's own accounts of his ministry were undoubtedly inflated. Based on testimonials and subscriptions to the Apostolic Faith, Parham's own self identified students in his later ministry would have reached 10,000 members at best. Despite Parham fading into obscurity, his influence today on the Pentecostal faith is undeniable.

Pentecostal membership today exceeds 250+ million worldwide. Parham's name may have been eclipsed later in his life, but the epicenters of Parham's earlier ministries and the ministries of his students and children spawned the future of Pentecostalism. These epicenters established healing homes, Bible colleges, new faith leaders, and multiple faith organizations and Pentecostal denominations.

In Topeka today, Pentecostals and Charismatics have identified and preserved Parham's past with the objective to revive elements of Parham's former ministry. Those preserving Parham's past, both his healing home and part of Stone's Folly, are accommodating to visitors from around the world. There is a visable revived interest in the link between Topeka's history and the history of Pentecostalism.

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