Foursquare Gospel, International Church of the

Foursquare Gospel, International Church of the,

fundamentalist Christian Church and evangelistic missionary body organized in California by Aimee Semple McPhersonMcPherson, Aimee Semple
, 1890–1944, U.S. evangelist, founder of the International Church of the Foursquare Gospel, and, in the 1920s and 30s, one of the most famous women in America, b. near Ingersoll, Ont.
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 and Minnie Kennedy in 1927. It derived its name from the fourfold teaching of Christ as savior, healer, baptizer, and coming king. The parent church is Angelus Temple in Los Angeles. Ministers are trained at the Lighthouse of International Foursquare Evangelism (LIFE) Bible Training College, a coeducational institution in Los Angeles. There are 228,000 members in 1,850 churches in the United States and Canada (1999).
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