It is impossible to create an exhaustive list of every person that has emblazoned a path of significant spiritual heritage in a pursuit of God and revival. Here is a highlight of some of those that have influenced this writing.
Arnott, John (1940-Present): John and Carol Arnott are best known globally as the pastors that experienced the Toronto Outpouring, which also became known as the “Father’s Blessing” in 1994. Pastor, author, husband, father, businessman, Arnott has a rich and blended ministry. He has been welcomed in cities and nations where he has held conferences, services, and special revival meetings.
Bailey, Frank (To Present): Pastor Frank Bailey is the founder and senior pastor of Victory Fellowship (est. 1979) in New Orleans. He and his wife Parris have a passion to see God’s glory spread, and this has motivated their life and work. Their ministry is well known for Beyond the Grave, a multi-media evangelistic production launched in 1999, and Feed the Multitudes, an annual free food festival on July 4th. In 1994, the church became a center for revival, which impacted the nations and the Gulf Coast. Their ministry still carries the sound of revival today. Pastor Frank is the author of several books, with two of his books being published by Destiny Image.
Bartleman, Frank (1871-1936): Bartleman was an author, preacher, missionary that was influenced by the Azusa Street Revival. He wrote many articles for magazines describing the work, and documented much of the revival happenings.
Blackaby, Henry T. (To Present): Henry Blackaby is the founder of Blackaby Ministries International and an influential evangelical pastor. He has authored many books and articles. He has pastored both in the United States and Canada. He has served with the International Missions Board and LifeWay Christian Resources. He was president of the Canadian Baptist Theological College for seven years.
Bonnke, Reinhard (To Present): Reinhard Bonnke is a German Pentecostal evangelist widely known for his missions throughout Africa. He was called to preach in Africa at the age of 10, and he has served in there since 1967. He has authored several books and is considered by many to have lead the way in Pentecostal evangelism.
Browne, Rodney Howard (To Present): Rodney is a Pentecostal pastor and evangelist from South Africa. He and his wife founded The River at Tampa Bay church in 1996 and together lead Revival Ministries International. In 1989, in upstate New York, revival began to be experienced in his meetings. Eventually, he held a long-term meeting in Lakeland, Florida and then began to hold revival meetings around the world. His ministry is characterized by supernatural signs and wonders with an emphasis on evangelism.
Edwards, Jonathan (1703-1758): Born in Connecticut, Edwards caused a turn in American preaching. It is said that, since his day, no one merely possessing an eloquent tongue and skilled mind could make such an impression from the pulpit. Edwards was pastor during the First Great Awakening at his church in Northampton, Massachusetts. He authored many books, and many of his sermons have been published by Yale Press. He entered Yale College in 1716, just under the age of 13. He graduated in 1720 as valedictorian. Edwards along with his friend, George Whitefield, were the most influential men throughout the Thirteen Colonies during this time.
Finney, Charles (1792-1875): Finney was a lawyer by trade, who eventually was converted and Baptized in the Holy Spirit. After his ordination in 1824, he began to evangelize and drew great attention. His message emphasized the deity of Christ, justification by grace through faith, and the power of the Holy Spirit to transform. Finney became one of the first evangelists to popularize the “altar call.”
Hill, Steve (1954-2014): Hill is best known as the evangelist who preached in what became known as the Brownsville Revival. The revival began on Father’s Day 1995 and continued for five years. In 2000, Hill moved to the Dallas area to continue his traveling ministry. In 2003, he founded Heartland World Ministries Church in Irving, Texas. As a teenager, he was heavily involved with drugs and alcohol. In 1975, he gave his life to Jesus. He was facing 25 years in prison for drug trafficking and was remanded to Teen Challenge. Eventually, he and his wife became missionaries and church planters. In March 2014, Hill died from melanoma.
Kendall, R.T. (To Present): Kendall pastored Westminster Chapel in London for 25 years and is the author of more than 50 books. He has a reformation background with Pentecostal influence. He continues to travel and minister and is a regular contributor to Christian publications.
Kilpatrick, John (To Present): Largely known as the Pastor of Brownsville Assembly of God in Pensacola, Florida that experienced the “Brownsville Revival”. Currently, Kilpatrick serves as the pastor of Church of His Presence in Daphne, Alabama and travels extensively across the nation spreading the fires of revival.
Kuhlman, Kathryn (1907-1976): Born in Concordia, Missouri and born again at the age of 14 in the Methodist Church, she began preaching at the age of 16, primarily in Baptist Churches. Eventually, she received the Baptism in the Holy Spirit and began holding miracle crusades. In the 1960’s and 70’s, she had a TV program called I Believe in Miraclesthat was aired nationally. She was well known for significant miracles and her teaching on the Holy Spirit.
Luther, Martin (1483-1546): Luther was a professor of theology and widely known for his influence in the Protestant Reformation. Initially an Augustinian friar, Luther came to reject several teachings and practices of the Roman Catholic Church. He confronted indulgences, salvation by dead works among many others. He nailed his Ninety-Five Theses on the door of All Saints’ Church in Wittenberg on October 31, 1517. He is also the author of hymns, commentaries, and the first to translate the Bible into German which made the doctrines of salvation by faith alone accessible to the people.
McPherson, Aimee Semple (1890-1944): “Sister Aimee” was a Canadian-American Los Angeles-based evangelist and media celebrity. She founded the Foursquare Church. She is a noted pioneer in the use of modern media, as she used radio in her ministry. She ministered at Angelus Temple. She was known for her healing ministry and unique preaching style. She was a product of the Azusa Street Revival.
Price, Dr. Charles (1887-1947): A Baptist preacher that was baptized in the Holy Spirit at an Aimee Semple McPherson meeting in 1921, He had a significant healing ministry and became one of the most well-known Pentecostal evangelists of the twentieth century. He went from skeptic to believer after he witnessed the healing power of God.
Ravenhill, Leonard (1907-1994): Ravenhill was one of the greatest preachers of revival in the twentieth century. He was born in England, educated at Cliff College, and sat under the ministry of Samuel Chadwick. He was the author of multiple books. His most notable book is Why Revival Tarries which has sold over a million copies world-wide.
Seymour, William J. (1870-1922): Well known as the leader of the Azusa Street Revival, he was a one-eyed, black man during a time of racial divide, from St. Mary’s Parish in Louisiana. He was the son of slaves. The emphasis of his ministry was the Baptism in the Holy Spirit. There is a wealth of knowledge on Azusa Street and the ministry of William Seymour that is worth personal study.
Williams, J. Rodman (1918-2008): Williams is considered to be the father of modern Renewal Theology and was a charismatic theologian. He was a professor at Regent University. With a Presbyterian background, he became involved in the Charismatic Presbyterian Communion. His important works include a three-volume systematic theology titled Renewal Theology, the first systematic theology written from a Pentecostal perspective.