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McPherson, Aimee Semple (1890–1944)

  1. R. Alan Streett

Published Online: 25 NOV 2011

DOI: 10.1002/9780470670606.wbecc1241

The Encyclopedia of Christian Civilization

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Streett, R. A. 2011. McPherson, Aimee Semple (1890–1944). The Encyclopedia of Christian Civilization. .

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 25 NOV 2011


Flamboyant preacher and founder of the Foursquare Gospel Church. Aimee Kennedy was born in Ingersoll (Ontario), Canada, on October 9, 1890, the only child of James and Minnie Kennedy. Her mother was an active member of the Salvation Army and Aimee followed in her mother's footsteps. Aimee was converted under the preaching of evangelist Robert Semple, whom she married at the age of 17. Within two years they had left for China to serve as missionaries. Less than three months after their arrival, Robert was stricken by a fatal illness, leaving Aimee a widow with a 1 month old daughter, Roberta.


  • Mcpherson, Aimee Semple (1890–1944);
  • founder of the foursquare gospel church;
  • pastor of Angelus temple