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“H” is for Holmes, Nickels John

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  “H” is for Holmes, Nickels John [1847-1919. Clergyman, educator. After attending the University of Edinburgh, Holmes taught school and practiced law, but then became a licensed Presbyterian minister--serving congregations in Spartanburg County. In 1891 he and his wife Lucy attended evangelist Dwight L. Moody’s annual Bible conference. Lucy Holmes experienced the baptism of the Holy Spirit and began a ministry of her own. Four years later Holmes experienced entire sanctification and became an itinerant evangelist, preaching sanctification and divine healing. He left the Presbyterian Church and organized what became Tabernacle Pentecostal Church. After 1906 he identified himself as a Pentecostal. In 1907 he reported that he had experienced the baptism of the Holy Spirit and spoken in tongues. From then on, Nickels John Holmes’ revivals carried the Pentecostal message and he became the recognized leader of the Pentecostal movement in South Carolina.

Dr. Walter Edgar has two programs on South Carolina Public Radio: Walter Edgar's Journal, and South Carolina from A to Z. Dr. Edgar receivedhisA.B.degreefromDavidson College in 1965 and his Ph.D. from the University of South Carolina in 1969. After two years in the army (including a tour of duty in Vietnam), he returned to USC as a post-doctoral fellow of the National Archives, assigned to the Papers of Henry Laurens.