Sunday, March 16, 2014

Rev. Terry Fullam Episcopal Charismatic Figure Dies

By David W. Virtue DD
March 15, 2014

One of the most important figures of the Charismatic Movement of the late Twentieth Century died today. The Rev. Terry Fullam was the former rector of St. Paul's Church, Darien, Connecticut where he served for 17 years, ministering renewal to clergy and laity. He was 84.

The Charismatic movement in The Episcopal Church began with the Rev. Dennis Bennett's experience of the Holy Spirit while he was rector of St. Mark's Church in Van Nuys, California. In 1960 the second most important figure in the late Twentieth Century was unquestionably Terry Fullam.

In an interview I conducted with Fullam in 2004, he said Dennis Bennett opened him up to the work of the Holy Spirit in a more personal way and that was experientially wonderful. "I had been a believer, but through his ministry, I found a deeper, richer life. The other person was my mother. She was the world's finest Bible teacher, and it was through her ministry that I was grounded in Holy Scripture."

For over 30 years he influenced a whole generation of Episcopalians. In 1972, he accepted a call to become rector of St. Paul's parish in Darien, CT. Under his leadership, St. Paul's became one of the most active and fastest growing churches in the United States. At St Paul's Fullam placed special emphasis on renewal for clergy and laity through Charismatic renewal.

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