David du Plessis

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David Johannes du Plessis (February 7, 1905 - January 31, 1987) was a South African-born Pentecostal minister. He is considered one of the main founders of the charismatic movement, in which the Pentecostal experience of baptism with the Holy Spirit spread to non-Pentecostal churches worldwide.


Born to missionary parents, an 11 year old du Plessis was born again in 1916,Rick Howard, "David du Plessis: Pentecost's 'Ambassador-at-Large'" in The Spirit and Spirituality: Essays in Honour of Russell P. Spittler, Volume 4 (Continuum International Publishing Group, 2004), p. 272, ISBN 0-826-47162-5. and he received the Pentecostal baptism with the Holy Spirit accompanied by speaking in tongues at the age of 18. He was ordained in 1928 by the Apostolic Faith Mission of South Africa. In 1935, he became the general secretary of the denomination where he advocated closer ties between the AFM and South Africa's three sister churches. He worked with Donald Gee to promote cooperation among Pentecostal groups and was involved in organizing the first Pentecostal World Conference in 1947. A year later, he resigned as secretary of the AFM to become organizing secretary for the PWC. He served in this role for nine years until 1959.

Du Plessis and his family moved to the United States in the late 1940s. He taught at Lee......
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