Guide to the Bredesen, Harald: Collection

Finding Aid Authors: Nancy Sanders Gower.
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Guide to the Bredesen, Harald: Collection 1962/2007

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Overview of the Collection

Collection Title: Bredesen, Harald: Collection
Dates: 1962-2007
Identification: CFT00049
Creator: Bredesen, Harald, 1918-2006
Physical Description: 1.00
Language of Materials: English
Repository: David Allan Hubbard Library Archives
135 N. Oakland Avenue
Pasadena, CA, 91182-0002
Phone: (626) 584-5311
Fax: (626) 584-5613

Administrative History:

Harald Bredesen (1918-2006) was a leader in the Charismatic Renewal of the 1960’s. A Lutheran pastor, he was baptized in the Spirit at a Pentecostal summer camp in 1946. Though he offered his resignation from the Lutheran pastorate, this was not accepted by the authorities; he took this to be God’s call to stay in his church. He was encouraged in this challenging position by David du Plessis and the Full Gospel Business Men’s Fellowship.
In 1957 he 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 he became chairman of the board. He was a regular speaker at the Society’s “Christian Advance” events. With Jean Stone he coined the phrase “charismatic renewal” in 1963, a term they both preferred to “Neo-Pentecostalism.” In 1971 he accepted a call as pastor of Trinity Christian Center in Victoria, B.C.
In 1980 he retired to Escondido, California where he carried on his distinctive charismatic ministry through “Charisma Ministries,” and founded the Prince of Peace Foundation which awards those outstanding in their work for peace. The first prize went to Anwar el-Sadat in 1980, the second to Mother Teresa in 1990, the third to King Hussein of Jordan in 1999 and the last to Billy Graham in 2004.

Access Terms

This Collection is indexed under the following controlled access subject terms.

Corporate Name:

Lutheran Charismatic

Personal Name:

Boone, Pat
Hayford, Jack W.
Robertson, Pat

Administrative Information

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Conditions Governing Use:

Scholarly use within parameters of copyright law.

Conditions Governing Access:

Supervised use only.

Arrangement of Materials:

Item, Author/Note, Date
"Harald Bredesen: As seen through various accounts," Editor: Tim Gilbreath.
Let the Man…Who Touched Their Lives… Touch Yours, Editor: Tim Gilbreath, A booklet by Charisma Ministries.
Awakening at Yale, Harald Bredesen, A Christian Life booklet
I Presented Christ to Communists in Moscow!, Harald Bredesen, Testimony No.34 1971.
"Receiving the Holy Spirit," Harald Bredesen, Shiloh Christian Retreat.
"Empowered by the Spirit," Harald Bredesen, Charisma Aug 1994.
Yes Lord, Harald Bredesen with Pat King, Tulsa: Praise Books, 1982.
Need a Miracle?, Harald Bredesen, Tulsa: Praise Books, 1979.
The Solution to Crisis-America, Harald Bredesen, Pat Boone, George Otis, Dallas: Christ for the Nations.
Letter from Charisma Ministries, Harald Bredesen, May 1979.
Articles about Bredesen, 1968-2001.
Christian Advance & Full Gospel Business Mens’ Fellowship , Announcements, 1962, 1968.
Tenth anniversary of the installation of Rev. Bredesen, Church directory, First Reformed Church Mount Vernon, New York, 1968.
Interview with Harald Bredesen by Anthony Reynolds, for Sunday Magazine, Vancouver Island BC, September 2004.
Photo of Bredesen, video promo.
Clippings, print outs from CD, 1963, 1964.
Correspondence from CD, print outs from CD, 1985.
Tribute, Steven Lawson, Charisma Mar 2007.
Tribute, 700 Club.
Fishing Camp booklets, Course in evangelism, 1992, 1996.
Vida Nueva booklet, Partner with Charisma Ministries in Tijuana orphanage, c.1995.
Prince of Peace Prize booklets, King Hussein, Mother Teresa, Billy Graham.
Award, Religious Heritage of America, 1999.
Award, Leather Folder, Franciscan University of Steubenville, Michael Scanlan, 1989.
Plaque, Templo Evangelico Appreciation, Ramon Ramirez, 1985.
Awards Plaque, Faithwalk, 1988.

Scope and Contents

Harald Bredesen (1918-2006) was a Lutheran pastor and a leader in the Charismatic Renewal of the 1960’s.The collection includes books, articles, tapes, photos, news items, Prince of Peace Prize documents, awards and audio and video recordings.