Harald Bredesen

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Harald Bredesen ( August 18, 1918 - December 29, 2006 ) was an American Lutheran pastor and an influential figure in the young charismatic movement .


Harald Bredesen was baptized in the Holy Spirit during a summer camp of the charismatic movement in 1946. He offered his church leadership to resign, but it was rejected. He saw the decision of his church leadership as a sign and decided to remain in his church as an advocate for the charismatic movement.

Bredesen became the pastor of the Mount Vernon Dutch Reformed Church in 1957 , where he initiated charismatic prayer meetings. Pat Boone and Pat Robertson , who worked for him as a student assistant from 1958 to 1959 , were influenced by him. A collaboration with Jean Stone Willans led to the founding of the Blessed Trinity Society in 1960 . The term charismatic renewal , under which one understood charismatic impulses within the established churches beginning in 1963, was significantly coined by Bredesen. In 1970 he left Mount Vernon to pastor the Trinity Christian Center in Victoria from 1971 to 1980 .

Individual evidence

  1. a b Randall Herbert Balmer: Bredesen, Harald . In: Encyclopedia of Evangelicalism . Baylor University Press, Waco 2004, ISBN 1-932792-04-X , pp. 98 (English).