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The Falls Church Anglican: The Long March to Healing Ministry Excellence

[4] Information from a telephone conversation, January 20, 2020, with Church and Nancy Cook, long-time members of Falls Church Anglican and friends of the Yates. The CFO was an extremely important para-church organization that brought healing prayer and the gifts of the Spirit to mainline Christians and churches decades before the beginning of the Charismatic Renewal. See my work, Agnes Sanford and Her Companions (Eugene: Wipf & Stock, 2015), chapters 13 &14.

[5] During the same period two other Episcopal churches in Northern Virginia were undergoing rapid growth, Turo and The Church of the Apostles. All three were three streams churches, though Turo and Apostles were prominently charismatic. All were evangelical in their passion for outreach and orthodoxy of doctrine. See Beth Springs, “Spiritual Renewal Brings Booming Growth to Three Episcopal Churches in Northern Virginia,” Christianity Today, Jan. 13, 1984. This article first brought Falls Church to national attention.

[6] [Editor’s note: For more about the Order of St. Luke, see William De Arteaga’s article, “Order of St. Luke International 2019: From an Anti-Cessationism past to a Fully Charismatic Future.”]

[7] Among his bevy of apostate works is, Why Christianity Must Change or Die (San Francisco: Harper One, 1998).

[8]Alicia Constant, “The Costly Faithfulness of The Falls Church,” TGC (May 24, 2012). An excellent article on the specific of the loss of property, but good morale of The Falls Church.

[9] Compare the websites between The Falls Church Episcopal and Anglican churches. The former is a “normal” small congregation a few ministries, none of which are outstanding.

[10]Abri Nelson, “The Falls Church Anglican Lost Its Historic Building, But Its New Sanctuary Still Feels Like Coming Home,” Christianity Today (Sept. 12, 2019).

[11] [Editor’s note: See William De Arteaga’s article, “Glenn Clark’s Camps Furthest Out: The Schoolhouse of the Charismatic Renewal” PNEUMA: The Journal of the Society for Pentecostal Studies 25:2 (2003) 265-288.]

[12] The information on the Rev. Rick Wright’s role in TFCA healing ministry is from a telephone conversation with him on January 27, 2020, and several follow up emails.

[13] [Editor’s note: Read William De Arteaga’s “Introducing Francis and Judith MacNutt.”]

[14] Here I recall the story told me by an impeccable source, that while she was attending a healing conference of a distinguished healing evangelist the 9/11 terrorist attack occurred, All were horrified, and a brief prayer offered up, but the evangelist promptly resumed his emphasis on fund raising for a new facilities.

[15] Kathleen Christopher’s story of entrance into the metaphysical movement and deliverance from its demonic entanglements is detailed in the teaching video, “Basic Deliverance Ministry” at Accessed 1/29/20. Details augmented by her corrections and additions to my draft copy.

[16] Ibid.

[17] Ibid.

[18] The Book of Common Prayer (1979), 308.

[19] William De Arteaga, “Can Church be Done as Paul Mandated in 1 Cor 14?” Blog, posted in 2015, removed by Blogger, reissued at the Pentecostal Theology site:

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About the Author: William L. De Arteaga, Ph.D., is known internationally as a Christian historian and expert on revivals and the rebirth and renewal of the Christian healing movement. His major works include Quenching the Spirit: Discover the Real Spirit Behind the Charismatic Controversy (Creation House, 1992, 1996), Forgotten Power: The Significance of the Lord’s Supper in Revival (Zondervan, 2002), Agnes Sanford and Her Companions: The Assault on Cessationism and the Coming of the Charismatic Renewal (Wipf & Stock, 2015), and The Public Prayer Station: Taking Healing Prayer to the Streets and Evangelizing the Nones (Emeth Press, 2018). Bill pastored two Hispanic Anglican congregations in the Marietta, Georgia area, and is semi-retired. He continues in his healing, teaching and writing ministry and is the state chaplain of the Order of St. Luke, encouraging the ministry of healing in all Christian denominations. Facebook

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