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Harald Bredesen Collection, 1962-2007
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Access
  • Publication Rights
  • Preferred Citation
  • Acquisition Information
  • Biography/Administrative History
  • Scope and Content of Collection
  • Indexing Terms
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  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Harald Bredesen Collection, 1962-2007
    Dates: 1962-2007
    Collection Number: CFT00049
    Creator/Collector: Bredesen, Harald (1918-2006)
    Extent: 4 Boxes, 2 linear feet
    Repository: Fuller Theological Seminary-David Allan Hubbard Library Archives
    Pasadena, California 91182
    Abstract: The Harald Bredesen Collection, 1962-2007 includes books, articles, tapes, news items, Prince of Peace Prize documents, awards, and audio and video recordings. Added materials include photos, collected publications, and correspondence.
    Language of Material: English


    Supervised use only. Scholarly use with parameters of copyright law.

    Preferred Citation

    Harald Bredesen Collection, 1962-2007. Fuller Theological Seminary-David Allan Hubbard Library Archives

    Acquisition Information

    Donated by Mrs. Genevive Bredesen in 2008. Personal correspondence and documents were added in 2010.

    Biography/Administrative History

    Biography: Harald Bredesen (1918-2006) was a leader in the Charismatic Renewal of the 1960s. As a Lutheran pastor, he was baptized in the Spirit at a Pentecostal summer camp in 1946. Though Bredesen offered his resignation to the Lutheran pastorate, the authorities did not accept it. He took this to be God’s call to stay in his church. Bredesen was encouraged in this challenging position by David du Plessis and the Full Gospel Business Men’s Fellowship. In 1957, Bredesen accepted a call to the Mount Vernon Dutch Reformed Church in New York City where he began a charismatic prayer meeting. Pat Boone, John Sherrill, Bob Slosser and Pat Robertson all speak of Harald Bredesen’s role in their Spirit baptism. When Jean Stone formed the Blessed Trinity Society in 1960, Bredesen became Chairman of the Board. He was a regular speaker at the Society’s “Christian Advance” events. In 1963, Jean Stone and he coined the phrase “charismatic renewal,” a term they both preferred to “Neo-Pentecostalism.” In 1971, he became the pastor of Trinity Christian Center in Victoria, B.C. In 1980, Bredesen retired to Escondido, California where he continued his distinctive charismatic ministry through “Charisma Ministries,” and founded the Prince of Peace Foundation.

    Scope and Content of Collection

    Box 1: Biographical Accounts, writings, manuscripts, and awards; Box 2: Audiovisual; Box 3: Letters, photographs, and emails; Box 4; Miscellaneous

    Indexing Terms

    Lutheran church - Clergy
    Boone, Pat
    Hayford, Jack W.
    Robertson, Pat

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