The Rise of Parham
Parham's story begins like many others. He was a man of humble origins whose work ethic and dedication propelled him in his career. Nothing about Parham, except perhaps his compelling fervor for his work, was unique. It was instead the opportune time and place that Parham found himself in that made his ministry so alluring. Not only did Parham provide afternoon and weekend entertainment in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century, void of radio or television, his message was also appealing to people in financial and political turmoil. Hundreds of testimonials in local newspapers and in Parham’s own Apostolic Faith publication verify the public's perception of Parham’s early ministry.
Besides being influential, Parham was also influenced by multiple Holiness movements and famous faith leaders around the country. His eventual visit to large religious operations in Chicago and Durham, Maine, and continuous exposure to circulating Holiness periodicals, would forever influence his ministry. Though Parham's youth lacked any formal religious training, disdaining any formal pastoral ordination, and priding himself in his seemingly unbiased reading of scripture, he was highly influenced by outside sources. Outside effects on Parham's ministry can easily be traced through his own publications and career choices.