Martinez will present an Azusa lecture on William Seymour


Dr Julie Therese Martinez

Dr. Julie Therese Martinez will present the 17th Annual Azusa Lecture on Thursday, November 10 at 7 p.m. in the Lee University Chapel.

Dr. Martinez will present “From Jerusalem to Pyongyang: Local Experiences of the Global Pentecostal Movement”. Following Dr. Martinez’s presentation, the Dixon Pentecostal Research Center will honor Dr. Peter Thomas with the Spirit of Azusa Award and a reception for his exemplary leadership in cross-cultural Pentecostal ministry. Those unable to attend in person can watch the conference call and award ceremony live at leeu.live or facebook.com/dixonprc.

Having served on four continents, Dr. Martinez brings a unique experience and perspective to Kingdom ministry around the world. She is Director of the Cross-Cultural Studies Program and Adjunct Professor of Cross-Cultural Studies at Lee University. She also sits on the board of Serving Orphans Worldwide.

Dr. Martinez began his missionary ministry in 1994 and served for 12 years as a Church of God missionary in Honduras, Chile and Zambia. Along with other responsibilities, in Honduras she designed a training program for local pastors, in Chile she taught at the Bible Institute of the Church of God in Santiago and developed a discipleship training program for women, and in Zambia, she set up a school to educate street children and ran an orphanage.

Dr. Martinez moved to Cambodia in 2007 where she worked with People for Care and Learning for 11 years. His initial responsibility in Cambodia was the development of the Common Grounds Café, which offered jobs, vocational training and an opportunity to plant a church. Later, she developed the Common Grounds Learning Center to provide English studies. His vision also led to the development of an international primary school for the children of intercultural workers. As Country Director, she oversaw a team passionate about breaking the cycle of poverty. After her ministry in Cambodia, Dr. Martinez served as the Transition Program Director for Serving Orphans Worldwide, where she developed opportunities for orphans aging out of traditional orphanages.

Dr. Martinez received his Doctor of Philosophy in Intercultural Studies from Biola University, his Masters of Education from Liberty University, and his Bachelor of Science in History and Bible from Lee University. She also studied at the Pentecostal Theological Seminary.

In conjunction with the Azusa Lecture, the Dixon Pentecostal Research Center will present the Spirit of Azusa Award to Dr. Peter A. Thomas and host a reception in his honor. A distinguished global leader, Dr. Thomas is Field Director for the Church of God’s Word Missions in Africa and Director of World Wide Help Africa. A German citizen, who has served in Africa since 1979 as a pastor, teacher, national overseer, regional education coordinator, regional superintendent and now field director, Dr. Thomas exemplifies the cross-cultural nature of the Church’s global ministry of God.

Dr. Thomas earned his Doctor of Ministry degree from Pentecostal Theological Seminary and his Master of Arts, Master of Divinity, and Bachelor of Arts (equivalent) degree from European Bible Seminary in Rudersberg, Germany.

After teaching in Ghana and serving as regional coordinator for Christian education in Africa, the Church of God Education Division presented him with its Distinguished Educators Award in 2004.

The purpose of the Azusa Conference is to celebrate the rich heritage of the worldwide Pentecostal movement. The Dixon Pentecostal Research Center launched the annual conference in 2006 on the occasion of the centennial of the revival at the Azusa Street Mission in Los Angeles. Church of God historian Charles W. Conn has noted that the Los Angeles revival, which lasted from 1906 to 1909, “is universally regarded as the beginning of the modern Pentecostal movement.”

The Los Angeles revival began when African-American pastor William Joseph Seymour preached a message of Spirit baptism after salvation and sanctification. What began as a home prayer meeting drew throngs of seekers and moved to an abandoned church building at 312 Azusa Street. Hundreds of people have come to the Azusa Street Mission, received a personal baptism in the Holy Spirit, and taken this message to their homes, churches, and communities. The Pentecostal movement quickly grew into a great missionary movement, and the 20th century has been called the “Century of the Holy Spirit”.

Founded by Dr. Conn on the campus of Lee University, the Dixon Pentecostal Research Center has one of the world’s largest collections of Pentecostal and charismatic resources, as well as the archives of the Church of God. In addition to students from Lee University and the Pentecostal Theological Seminary, many scholars use the center’s funds. The center interprets the Pentecostal movement through teaching, publications, and historical exhibits and is a resource for Church of God ministries around the world. Dr. David G. Roebuck is the director and the Reverend David “Gene” Mills Jr. is the archivist.

For more information about the Azusa Conference, contact the Dixon Pentecostal Research Center at 614-8576 or [email protected]

Dr. Peter A. Thomas


Dr. Peter A. Thomas

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