Authorized Form of Namedu Plessis; David Johannes (1905-1987); Pentecostal minister
Surnamedu Plessis
ForenamesDavid Johannes
EpithetPentecostal minister
ActivitySouth African-born Pentecostal minister. He is considered one of the main founders of the charismatic movement, in which the Pentecostal experience of baptism with the Holy Spirit spread to non-Pentecostal churches worldwide. Born to missionary parents, an 11-year-old du Plessis accepted Christ in 1916, and he received the Pentecostal baptism with the Holy Spirit accompanied by speaking in tongues at the age of 18. He was ordained in 1928 by the Apostolic Faith Mission of South Africa. In 1935, he became the general secretary of the denomination where he advocated closer ties between the AFM and South Africa's three sister churches. He worked with Donald Gee to promote cooperation among Pentecostal groups and was involved in organizing the first Pentecostal World Conference in 1947. A year later, he resigned as secretary of the AFM to become organizing secretary for the PWC. He served in this role for nine years until 1959. He moved to the United States in the late 1940s and taught at Lee College, a Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) school, from 1949-51. He received preaching credentials from the Assemblies of God (USA) and moved to Stamford, Connecticut, in 1952 to serve as interim pastor of Stamford Gospel Tabernacle. In 1962, he surrendered his Assemblies of God preaching credentials under pressure from denominational leadership who opposed his ecumenical efforts. He remained a member of an Assemblies of God church in Oakland, California, and in 1980 his credentials were restored. Originally shunning other movements, he became an active believer in ecumenism, beginning his efforts in the 1950s to share the Pentecostal experience with Christians in the historic denominations, chiefly Roman Catholicism. His main gateway into ecumenism was through his friendship with John McKay, then President of Princeton Seminary, New Jersey. McKay invited Du Plessis to address the International Missionary Council in Willingen, West Germany, in 1952. He was a member of staff and Pentecostal "observer" at the World Council of Churches in 1954 and 1961, respectively, and was invited to serve as Pentecostal representative at the Second Vatican Council.
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