Smith Wigglesworth (1859-1947) was born in England in 1859. Immediately after his conversion as a boy, he had a concern for the salvation of others and won people to Christ, including his mother. He became a plumber by trade, yet he continued to devote himself to winning many people to Christ on an individual basis. In 1882, he married Polly Featherstone, a vivacious young woman who loved God and had a gift of preaching and evangelism. It was she who taught him to read and who became his closest confidant and strongest supporter. They both had compassion for the poor and needy in their community, and they opened a mission, at which Polly preached. Significantly, people were miraculously healed when Wigglesworth prayed for them. In 1907, Wigglesworth's circumstances changed dramatically when, at the age of forty-eight, he was baptized in the Holy Spirit. Suddenly, he had a new power that enabled him to preach, and even his wife was amazed at the transformation. This was the beginning of what became a worldwide evangelistic and healing ministry that reached thousands. He eventually ministered in the United States, Australia, South Africa, and all over Europe. His ministry extended to the time of his death in 1947.
Dr. Roberts Liardon, author, public speaker, spiritual leader, church historian, and humanitarian was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma, the first male child born at Oral Roberts University. For this distinction, he was named in honor of the university founder. Roberts' career in ministry began at a young age, when in 1979, he gave his first public address at the age of thirteen. Then, at seventeen, he published his first book, I Saw Heaven, which catapulted him into the public eye. The book sold over 1.5 million copies and by the following year, Roberts had become one of the leading public speakers in the Christian community all over the world. Shortly after the publication of I Saw Heaven, God inspired Roberts to write and produce a book and video series entitled God's Generals, which chronicled the lives of some of our leading Pentecostal and charismatic leaders. These books included God's Generals: Why They Succeeded and Why Some Failed; God's Generals: The Roaring Reformers; God's Generals: The Revivalists; and God's Generals: The Healing Evangelists. The series was an immediate success, establishing Roberts as a leading Protestant church historian. Since the Beginning of the millennium, Roberts has continued to fulfill a demanding speaking schedule along with writing new books and mentoring a new generation of world leaders to effect change for the church and society. He continues to manage and expand his international headquarters in Sarasota, Florida, and has an extension office in London, England.