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November 18, 1997 | BONNIE HAYES and JOHN DART, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
The Rev. John Wimber, who helped propel seven loosely knit Orange County congregations into a 150,000-member international movement, died Monday in Santa Ana at the age of 63. The Yorba Linda resident is credited with bringing dynamic leadership to the Vineyard Christian Fellowship, which he joined about 17 years ago, after leaving Calvary Chapels. He joined Kenn Gulliksen, a Los Angeles pastor who named the movement after the Bible's reference to vineyards as a sign of divine blessing.
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November 22, 1997 | SHELBY GRAD, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Ginny White expected to cry during the memorial service Friday night for her deceased pastor, the Rev. John Richard Wimber. But the tears started flowing before she even entered the landmark Vineyard Christian Fellowship Church. "I was driving in and all, saw all these hundreds of cars parked everywhere--on the playground, on the blacktop--and I just lost it," said White, a 45-year-old Riverside homemaker. "It such a tribute to how much he was loved, how much he inspired people."
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October 5, 1990 | RUSSELL CHANDLER, TIMES RELIGION WRITER
After John Wimber stopped working as a music arranger for the Righteous Brothers to become a pastor, he began leading a small prayer group in Yorba Linda 13 years ago, preaching from the Gospel of Luke about healing the sick and casting out demons. For 10 months the fledgling church repeatedly prayed over the sick without seeing one person healed or a single demon expelled. Many people left in disgust. Wimber was about to give up when he was asked to pray for a woman with a high fever.
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November 18, 1997 | BONNIE HAYES and JOHN DART, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
The Rev. John Wimber, who helped propel seven loosely knit Orange County congregations into a 150,000-member international movement, died Monday in Santa Ana at the age of 63. The Yorba Linda resident is credited with bringing dynamic leadership to the Vineyard Christian Fellowship, which he joined about 17 years ago, after leaving Calvary Chapels. He joined Kenn Gulliksen, a Los Angeles pastor who named the movement after the Bible's reference to vineyards as a sign of divine blessing.
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November 22, 1997 | SHELBY GRAD, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Ginny White expected to cry during the memorial service Friday night for her deceased pastor, the Rev. John Richard Wimber. But the tears started flowing before she even entered the landmark Vineyard Christian Fellowship Church. "I was driving in and all, saw all these hundreds of cars parked everywhere--on the playground, on the blacktop--and I just lost it," said White, a 45-year-old Riverside homemaker. "It such a tribute to how much he was loved, how much he inspired people."
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October 26, 1985 | MARY E. GILSTRAP
Many Orange County women will join thousands of others as delegates to the 1985 International Conference of Women's Aglow Fellowship to be held Nov. 3-6 at the Anaheim Convention Center. More than 6,000 delegates from Women's Aglow Fellowships in the United States and throughout the world will attend the four-day meeting, which will focus on evangelism.
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May 12, 1988 | BILL STEIGERWALD
"This is 'The Koppel Report,' " an ABC announcer intones in his best voice-of-God impression at the opening of "The Koppel Report: The Billion Dollar Pie" (tonight at 10 on Channels 7, 3, 10, 42). It's an ominous beginning to Ted Koppel's examination of the televangelism industry and how it has been affected by last year's scandals.
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February 7, 1987 | JOHN DART, Times Religion Writer
A popular "hands-on" class in healing, dropped by Fuller Theological Seminary amid faculty controversy a year ago, will be reinstated this spring under guidelines that school officials say could help evangelical churches deal responsibly with claims of the miraculous.
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January 25, 1986 | JOHN DART, Times Religion Writer
Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena has canceled an experimental and highly popular course on miracles that included a "lab" session in which students were often purportedly healed of ailments. The class, which has drawn the maximum 250 students since it started in 1982, eventually became what faculty member Jack Rogers called "the most deeply divisive issue on campus in my 15 years here."
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October 5, 1990 | RUSSELL CHANDLER, TIMES RELIGION WRITER
After John Wimber stopped working as a music arranger for the Righteous Brothers to become a pastor, he began leading a small prayer group in Yorba Linda 13 years ago, preaching from the Gospel of Luke about healing the sick and casting out demons. For 10 months the fledgling church repeatedly prayed over the sick without seeing one person healed or a single demon expelled. Many people left in disgust. Wimber was about to give up when he was asked to pray for a woman with a high fever.
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July 20, 1991 | JOHN DART, TIMES RELIGION WRITER
The Rev. FredericC. Price, pastor of the 12,500-member Crenshaw Christian Center in Los Angeles, was holding court for ministers this week at the first conference of his newly created national fellowship of urban churches. Perched on a tall chair, Price deftly handled inquiries about finances, TV ministries and staff discipline. He struggled, however, to respond tactfully to a pastor from Rockford, Ill.
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December 10, 1995 | LARRY B. STAMMER, TIMES RELIGION WRITER
In a split certain to send tremors throughout Pentecostal Christianity, a controversial Canadian congregation known for its ecstatic worship style that became known worldwide as the "Toronto blessing" has been ousted by its Anaheim-based parent denomination. Pastor John Arnott of the Airport Vineyard Fellowship in Toronto said he was told last week by the Assn.
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