Date of Award

Spring 2009

Document Type

Dissertation - Restricted

Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)



First Advisor

Rossi, Philip J.

Second Advisor

Carey, Patrick W.

Third Advisor

Del Colle, Ralph G.


Pentecostals are known for being good storytellers. They're also known for being longwinded. I know I've been long-winded in this dissertation, but I also hope I've been a good storyteller in it too. This is because I've thought that this story has been one worth telling. I think I first recognized that someone needed to tell this story a year before I came to Marquette to begin my doctoral studies. In Fall 2002 I was asked to teach a class on Pentecostal history and, as Pentecostals like to say, its "distinctive" theology at my undergraduate alma mater, Nort Central University in Minneapolis. Before I was assigned this course, Glen Menzies, the department chair at North Central, sat me down to discuss if I was Pentecostal enough to represent, in my person, Pentecostal theology while teaching this course. He knew that I marched to a different, albeit, l claimed, still Pentecostal, drummer than most other Classical Pentecostals. After one of the more defining theological discussions of my life, we agreed that it was appropriate for me to leach this course...



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