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ORU Mourns the Death of Dr. Vinson Synan

Sunday, March 15, 2020
Stephanie Hill, Director of University Relations & Communications
Office: 918.495.7337, Mobile: 918.720.5548

dr vinson synanTulsa, OK – Oral Roberts University was saddened to hear of the death of Dr. Vinson Synan, a leading historian on the Holiness, Pentecostal, and Charismatic movements. Synan published and edited over 25 books and is recognized for his work as an ambassador and shepherd of the Charismatic movement during the 1970’s and 1980’s. His works include The Holiness Pentecostal Movement in the United States, The Old-Time Power, and his most recent major work The Century of the Holy Spirit. In 2010, he also released his memoirs titled An Eyewitness Remembers the Century of the Holy Spirit.

Over the last nearly four years, Synan served as a Scholar in Residence at ORU where he worked closely with Dr. William M. Wilson, President of ORU and Global Co-Chair of Empowered21. Before rejoining the faculty of ORU as Interim Dean of the College of Theology and Ministry, Synan served as Dean of the School of Divinity at Regent University.

“Dr. Synan was a wealth of information with a tremendous amount of experience in the significant faith movements of our time,” said Wilson. “He will be missed not only for his knowledge but also his love and passion for the Word of God and its transforming power through the work of the Holy Spirit. I was very honored to know him and share his friendship. ORU, E21, and, the entire Christian world will miss this legend of a man. Our prayers and love go out to his faithful wife, Carol, and to his entire family. Vinson’s legacy will continue to bless millions of people for years to come.”

Information on services for Dr. Synan will be released soon.

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