The Fall of Parham

Parham's students in Holy Land costumes

Parham's students in Holy Land Costumes

Parham's next big career move, his attempt to claim John Dowie's falling Zion City ministry for himself, would be the last opportunity for Parham to take his mission globally. Parham had been thus far the central figure of his Apostolic Faith movement, and had been met with minor success throughout his ministry. Despite small roadblocks in the past, Parham was always forward thinking, egocentric, anticipating the next big project as the one that would broaden his ministry. Zion City would be a missed opportunity for such an expansive mission, and Azusa would destroy Parham's reputation and eventual leadership over his Apostolic Faith movement.

Due to Parham prioritizing visiting Zion City over Seymour's Azusa Street mission, Parham found his influence on the claimed rampant fanaticism he experienced in Los Angeles insufficient. This frustration would expose his apparent racial views, and further damage would occur as allegations of sexual misconduct would forever tarnish his character and narrow Parham's ministry to secluded work among his strongest supporters. He would eventually become an obscure figure, overshadowed by other faith leaders and new denominational organizations, and his movement would be titled "a movement without a man", claiming its origins in the gifts of the Holy Spirit alone.

The Fall of Parham