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The impact of five individuals in American History

And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ

(Ephesians 4:11-12).


The title of this synopsis is Lateral Links of Greatness: the impact of five individuals in American History A BLACK HISTORY PRESENTATION


God has poured out his Spirit in the lives of great men and women during the history of our great nation.  During the last three centuries even pre-dating America as a nation, African Americans led the charge in the preparation of Christ’s return.  The Church played an instrumental part in representing the plight of African-Americans.  Whether an Apostle, a Prophet, a Pastor, a Teacher, or an Evangelist, in conditions of severe inequality, having experienced the chains of slavery, unrelenting racism or just life: The Joy of the Lord, lifted five individuals while facing great adversity:

1 Richard Allen
Richard Allen AME Church Founder

And He gave some Apostles: Richard Allen born 1760 wanted to worship unburdened from white preferential treatment.

Sarah Allen 1764 1849
Sarah Allen 1764 1849

Therefore, he founded the African Methodist Episcopal Church in 1794, the first independent black denomination in the United States. Sara Allen his wife, a great support to him also worked taking care of runaway slaves; including feeding and clothing them and helping organize men and women.  The Allen’s’ took on social welfare issues for church members and the community and now the AME church exists on five continents in 39 countries

7 Lee Jarena

And He gave some Evangelist: Jarena Lee (Born 1783) was a woman filled with the spirit of God who spoke at times while in attendance in Allen’s congregation.   She traveled to Philadelphia from her New Jersey home in Cape May, to worship.  She was given to evangelism; Allen recognized her ministry and approved her to preach. She became an itinerant preacher and was the first black woman to publish an autobiography in America in 1836. (quote)“ I had preached 138 sermons, and traveled between 27 and 28 hundred miles.  Returned from Brooklyn, and attended a quarterly meeting at Flushing. . . . Saturday evening I gave an exhortation, and preached Sunday afternoon at 3 o’clock, the Lord accompanied the word … I arrive safe at home, found my son and friends all well, and then heard the truth of his conversion, for which I yet give glory to God.


Early Pentecostals Lucy Farrow and William Seymour (African Americans) Pictured.
Early Pentecostals Lucy Farrow and William Seymour (African Americans) Pictured.

And He gave some Pastors: Lucy Farrow was the Pastor of a Holiness church in Houston she was also the niece of Frederick Douglas and worked as a governess to Reverend Charles Parham an early proponent of speaking in tongues and who coined the phrase glossalia: (speaking in other tongues) she left William J. Seymour, at the helm of her congregation when her job transferred her to Topeka, Kansas where Rev. Parham taught training classes on conviction, repentance, sanctification, healing and the work of the Holy Spirit.

32 B William J Seymour w wife Jenny Moore
William Seymour and wife Jenny (Moore) Seymour

And He gave some teachers:

William J. Seymour gleaned foundational teaching on the Holy Spirit.  Due to racism he was not even permitted to pray with the others while seeking the baptism of the Holy Spirit under Rev. Parham.  Nonetheless, Seymour hungered for more of God and was determined to learn.  Parham later noted that Seymour could recite word-for-word the teaching he learned while sitting at the door while Parham taught white ministers.  He later became Pastor of the famed Azusa Street Mission which gave rise to the Pentecostal Movement upon the Earth.

 From 1909 to 1914, roughly equal numbers of African Americans and whites came to him for ordination (in 1910 alone, Bishop Mason ordained 300 white Pentecostal preachers.
From 1909 to 1914, roughly equal numbers of African Americans and whites came to him for ordination (in 1910 alone, Bishop Mason ordained 300 white Pentecostal preachers.

And He gave some prophets: Charles Harrison Mason: founder of the Churches of God in Christ received the baptism of the Holy Spirit in 1906 at the Azusa Conference conducted by William Seymour.  In 1897, while in Little Rock, AR, Mason believed that God had given him the name the Church of God in Christ (COGIC).  He believed God promised him, “If you take the name that I give you, they would never build a building that would hold all those who would come.” In 1907 COGIC was incorporated. Mason Temple was constructed during WWII while construction materials were in high demand.  This was a miracle!  This task was completed for less than $400,000 making it the largest, black-owned convention hall in America.  Mason dedicated the nearly 5000 seat auditorium in 1945 visualizing the culmination of his dream.  From this efficis Dr. King, gave his final sermon on April 3, 1968.

From 1760 to 1960 FIVE magnanimous individuals are linked to progressively reveal the mandate of Christ until His return AMEN

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