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Van Ann Amiee Semple McPherson - Evangelist, Faith Healer and Star
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Aimee Semple McPherson
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Photo by Adolphe Pierre-Louis
Aimee Semple McPherson (1890 - 1944) was consecrated to God by her mother, a soldier of the Salvation Army, before she was even born. This is the remarkable story of the founder of the International Church of the Foursquare Gospel, the first woman to preach a sermon over the radio, who built L.I.F.E. Bible College, started her own radio station KFSG, and designed, built and dedicated the 5,300 seat Angelus Temple in Los Angeles when she was only thirty-two years of age. Here is the young Canadian farm girl who was baptized and saved after a challenging quest to know if God was real or not, who then became a missionary to China with her first husband, Robert Semple (who tragically died), leaving Aimee a young widow with her first child stranded overseas. Her return to America brought a second hasty marriage to Harold McPherson in Rhode Island leaving her frustrated, neurotic, (and with a second child) until the Lord intervened during a life and death struggle challenging her to continue to evangelize the world. And thus she did, going up and down the United States with just a car, her chilren in tow, and only a tambourine in her hand! She preached in tents, concert halls, boxing rings, and speakeaisies praying for the healing of thousands. And then Sister Aimee, with the help of her mother, crossed the United States in a car to Los Angeles (one of the first women to do so); there she built a Pentecostal temple that fit in with the Hollywood image of the day. She became a star in her own right, preaching and teaching and creating musical dramas in the 1920s, '30s and early '40s. Many people remember Sister Aimee for her welfare projects, especially during times of crises, hearing her over the radio waves, or reading about her in the many papers across the country. Charlie Chaplin advised her about her mammoth evangelistic productions and Anthony Quinn played sax in her orchestra. Scandal and a kidnapping drama challenged her life, and yet the dynamic and powerful, humorous and pragmatic Aimee Semple McPherson is considered by many to have been the greatest evangelist and preacher of the 20th centruy --- certainly the greatest woman evangelist to have ever lived. Sister Aimee preaches again!