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Where It All Began: Our Founding Timeline


  • Nov. 1910 — Our founder, Aimee Semple McPherson, returns from a mission in China as a 20-year-old widow and single mother.
  • Oct. 1918 — Aimee starts cross-country evangelism, traveling by car.
  • Dec. 1918 — Aimee establishes Los Angeles as her home base.
  • Aug. 1921 — Aimee’s prayers to God lead to many miraculous healings, verified by an American Medical Association report.
  • Jan. 1923 — First Foursquare church, Angelus Temple, opens its doors in Los Angeles, and soon hosts services in five languages.
  • Feb. 1923 — First Foursquare Bible institute (known today as Life Pacific College) opens to train men and women alike and send them out as ministers.
  • Oct. 1923 — The first Foursquare church plant kickstarts in Long Beach, Calif.
  • Feb. 1924 — Aimee becomes the first woman to own a major radio station and uses it to preach the gospel.
  • Feb. 1924 — The first Foursquare missionaries are sent to India to reach people who’ve never before heard about Jesus.
  • Aug. 1928 — Angelus Temple commissary opens, which would feed and clothe more than 1.5 million people during the Great Depression.
  • Dec. 1927 — After Foursquare established 100 churches, steps are taken to incorporate what would become the International Church of the Foursquare Gospel (ICFG).
  • Fast Forward to Today – ICFG, known casually as Foursquare, has over 8 million members in over 68,500 churches across 146 nations.

We’re thankful for the men and woman who have led our movement, including Foursquare U.S. presidents Aimee Semple McPherson (1923-1944), Rolf K. McPherson (1944-1988), John Holland (1988-1997), Harold Helms (1997-1998, interim), Paul Risser (1998-2004), Jared Roth (2004, interim), Jack Hayford (2004-2009) and Glenn Burris Jr. (2009-present).

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