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2007 Interview with Mildred Duncklee Flach


Darrin Rodgers interviews Mildred Duncklee Flach (1922- ) in Grand Forks, ND, July 3, 2007. A native of Bowesmont, North Dakota, Flach went on to serve as an Assemblies of God missionary to Liberia from 1958 to 1989.

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2006 Interview with Fred Smolchuck


Darrin Rodgers interviews Fred Smolchuck (1917-2008) in Springfield, Missouri, May 25, 2006. The son of Ukrainian immigrants to America, Smolchuck was a founding member of the Ukrainian Branch of the Assemblies of God, he served as a pastor and district official in Michigan, and he authored 16 books. His life is inextricably intertwined with the history of the Slavic churches in the Assemblies of God.
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2008 Interview with Emanuel Williams


Darrin Rodgers interviews Chaplain Emanuel Williams in Springfield, Missouri, May 12, 2008.

Chaplain Williams has served as an endorsed healthcare chaplain with the Assemblies of God since 1988 and currently lives in the Atlanta, Georgia area. This interview covers not only his recent chaplaincy ministry, but also his Pentecostal background in San Francisco, California. As a youth, he grew up in the church pastored by Cornelia Jones Robertson, and he is also a close friend of her godson, Bob Harrison. Robertson became, in 1923, one of the earliest African Americans ordained by the Assemblies of God. She is remembered for the rescue mission that she pastored in the Barbary Coast area of San Francisco, known as the Pacific Street Mission, and she later pastored the Emmanuel Pentecostal Holiness Church, which was successively affiliated with the United Holy Church, Mount Calvary of the Pentecostal Faith Church (a New York based church led by Mother Horn), and the Open Bible Standard Churches. Harrison is best known for breaking the color barrier in the Assemblies of God in 1962, when General Superintendent Thomas F. Zimmerman invited him to become an ordained minister, thus overturning a longstanding policy denying ordination to African Americans. Williams also describes his own decision to remain in the Assemblies of God despite racist attitudes he experienced.

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Review: Northern Harvest

rPentecostalism in North Dakota

Northern Harvest: Pentecostalism in North Dakota, by Darrin J. Rodgers. Bismarck, North Dakota: North Dakota District Council of the Assemblies of God, 2003.

Northern Harvest documents the rise of Pentecostalism in North Dakota from a few scattered congregations at the turn of the twentieth-century to its present status as the state’s fourth largest religious group. While many historians contend that revivals in Topeka, Kansas (1901) and Los Angeles, California (1906-09) became the focal point of the emerging worldwide Pentecostal movement, Rodgers unearthed evidence that earlier revivals in Minnesota and the Dakotas provided it with precedents and leaders. North Dakotans, Pentecostals, and historians will be intrigued that a network of Scandinavian immigrant churches on the northern Great Plains practiced tongues-speech and healing before the better-known Topeka and Azusa Street revivals. This is the first significant study of Pentecostal origins in Scandinavian pietism in Minnesota and the Dakotas, exploring the movement’s roots outside the American Wesleyan and Holiness traditions. Continue reading

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