WIMBER, John. b. Kirksville, Missouri, 25 February 1934; d. Orange County, California, 17 November 1997. One of the 20th century’s leading charismatic pastors, Wimber is known primarily as a founder of the Vineyard Christian Fellowship. While still in high school, he began a professional career in music, winning first place in an international Jazz festival in 1953. His ability as a pianist and vocalist led to performances with several Rock and Roll musical groups. Experiencing a conversion in 1963, he enrolled at Azusa Pacific University (Azusa, California) with a major in Biblical Studies. Upon his graduation he was ordained as a Quaker minister, and called as pastor of Yorba Linda...
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