Aimee Semple McPherson
1890-1944. Canadian-born evangelist. She was converted through the ministry of Robert J. Semple, later married him, then went with him to China in 1908 as a missionary. He died of malaria after three months, and she came home with their baby. A second marriage to Harold McPherson brought the birth of a son, Rolf. Ill-health with two major operations ended with the adoption of an evangelistic career and a later divorce. She and her mother between 1918 and 1923 crossed the continent eight times. By 1922 she had built the 5,000-seat Angelus Temple in Los Angeles and developed her “foursquare gospel” of Christ as Savior and Healer, the baptism of the with speaking in tongues, and the . She broadcast what was claimed as the first radio sermon (1922). In 1927 she incorporated her International Church of the (see ) and sent students from her Bible school to preach that gospel. She disappeared for a time in 1926. The Los Angeles grand jury challenged her story of kidnaping, but finally dismissed the case. She died of a heart attack shortly after trips to the Holy Land and the British Isles.