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International Church of the Foursquare Gospel

What is the International Church of the Foursquare Gospel?

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In the Christian faith, the International Church of the Foursquare Gospel, or “the Foursquare Church,” is an expression of Pentecostalism in the evangelical Protestant tradition.

Founded in 1927 by Aimee McPherson (1890-1944), the International Church of the Foursquare Gospel has over 8 million members worldwide in over 140 countries. It's name refers to a four-part image based on the first chapter of the Old Testament book Ezekiel.

The International Church of the Foursquare Gospel adheres to the core beliefs of Christianity, including the Trinity and the Second Coming of Christ. The church also believes in Pentecostal doctrines such as baptism in the Holy Spirit that is subsequent to conversion.


Aimee Semple McPherson

Aimee Semple McPherson (October 9, 1890 – September 27, 1944), also known as Sister Aimee, was a Canadian-American Los Angeles-based evangelist and media celebrity in the 1920s and 1930s.

McPherson has been noted as a pioneer in the use of modern media, especially radio, and was the second woman to be granted a broadcast license.

She used radio to draw on the growing appeal of popular entertainment in North America and incorporated other forms into her weekly sermons at Angelus Temple.

In her time she was the most publicized Christian evangelist, surpassing Billy Sunday and her other predecessors. Public faith-healing demonstrations conducted by her before large crowds, allegedly healed tens of thousands of people.

Rolf McPherson

After Aimee McPherson died, her son, Rolf, became the leader of the denomination. Under 44 years of his leadership, the denomination grew from hundreds of churches to several thousand.

Today the Foursquare Church’s most well-known leader is Jack Hayford, pastor of Church on the Way in Van Nuys, California.





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