Aimee Semple McPherson

Aimee Semple McPherson

Canadian-american Evangelist
Born Oct 9, 1890

Aimee Semple McPherson, also known as Sister Aimee, was a Canadian-American Los Angeles, California evangelist and media celebrity in the 1920s and 1930s. She founded the Foursquare Church. McPherson has been noted as a pioneer in the use of modern media, especially radio, and was the second woman to be granted a broadcast license.… Read More

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1890 Birth Born on October 9, 1890.


1908 17 Years Old At that same revival meeting, Aimee became enraptured not only by the message that Robert Semple gave, but also with Robert himself. She decided to dedicate her life to both God and Robert, and after a short courtship, they were married on August 12, 1908, in a Salvation Army ceremony, pledging never to allow their marriage to lessen their devotion to God, affection for comrades, or faithfulness in the Army. … Read More


1912 - 1916 4 More Events
1917 26 Years Old By 1917, she had started her own magazine, The Bridal Call, for which she wrote many articles about women’s roles in religion; she portrayed the link between Christians and Jesus as a marriage bond. … Read More
1918 27 Years Old In late 1918, McPherson came to Los Angeles, a move many at the time were making for better opportunities. … Read More
The appeal of McPherson's 30 or so revival events from 1919 to 1922 surpassed any touring event of theater or politics ever presented in American history. "Neither Houdini nor Teddy Roosevelt had such an audience nor PT Barnum." … Read More


1921 30 Years Old He petitioned for divorce, citing abandonment; the divorce was granted in 1921.
1922 31 Years Old …  On a Sunday morning in April 1922, the Rockridge Radio Station in Oakland CA; offered her some radio time and she became the first woman to preach a sermon over the "wireless telephone."
1924 33 Years Old With the opening of Foursquare Gospel-owned KFSG on February 6, 1924, she became the second woman granted a broadcast license by the Department of Commerce, the federal agency that supervised broadcasting in the early 1920s. … Read More
1925 34 Years Old McPherson became a strong supporter of William Jennings Bryan during the 1925 Scopes trial, in which John Scopes was tried for illegally teaching evolution at a Dayton, Tennessee, school. … Read More
The kidnapping of Aimee Semple McPherson caused a frenzy in national media and changed her life and the course of her career. After disappearing in May, 1926, she was found in Mexico five weeks later, stating she had been held for ransom in a desert shack there. … Read More
…  All charges against McPherson and associated parties were dropped by the court for the lack of evidence on January 10, 1927. … Read More
1929 38 Years Old In response to the difficulties, Kennedy came back in late 1929, but because of continued serious disagreements with McPherson, tendered her resignation on July 29, 1930. … Read More


1931 - 1932 3 More Events
1933 42 Years Old 1 More Event
McPherson and Hutton separated in 1933 and divorced on March 1, 1934.
1934 43 Years Old …  Debates such as the Bogard-McPherson debate in 1934 drew further attention to the controversy, but none could really argue effectively against McPherson's results. … Read More
1935 44 Years Old 1 More Event
McPherson later publicly repented of the marriage, as wrong from the beginning, for both theological and personal reasons and therefore rejected nationally known gospel singer Homer Rodeheaver, a more appropriate suitor, when he eventually asked for her hand in 1935. … Read More
1936 45 Years Old 1 More Event
In mid-1936, a delegation who had been involved with the 1906 Azusa Street Mission Revivals, including Emma Cotton, asked if they could use the Angelus Temple for their 30th Anniversary Celebration. … Read More


…  He also expressed his support of her Foursquare Church application admittance into National Association of Evangelicals for United Action in 1943.
1944 53 Years Old 1 More Event
On September 26, 1944, McPherson went to Oakland, California, for a series of revivals, planning to preach her popular "Story of My Life" sermon. … Read More
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