International Church of the Foursquare Gospel
The International Church of the Foursquare Gospel, or “the Foursquare Church,” is an expression of Pentecostal Christianity 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.
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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