Rev. J.L. Hall
United Pentecostal Church International
1933 ~ 2011
Over the past forty years, Bro. J. L. Hall has been a leader in the United Pentecostal Church International. He has well served the apostolic movement as a teacher, pastor, preacher, editor, writer, district superintendent, theologian, and historian.
During his tenure as editor in chief, the Pentecostal Herald proclaimed the apostolic message worldwide, and the Forward provided valuable resources for ministers. The selection of Word Aflame Press books grew from a mere handful to over 150 in print on a variety of biblical, ministerial, and practical subjects. He actively supervised the approval and editing of all periodicals, tracts, books, and Sunday School literature. He was also instrumental in organizing the first Oneness Pentecostal symposiums, overseeing the Historical Center (now the Center for the Study of Oneness Pentecostalism), formulating the Judicial Procedure, and chairing the Parliamentary Committee.
Bro. J. L. Hall is widely respected both inside and outside the Oneness Pentecostal movement as one of its foremost theologians and historians. He contributed several articles for The New International Dictionary of the Pentecostal and Charismatic Movements (2002), including the one on the UPCI, and is the only living Oneness leader to be the subject of an article in it. Often as an insightful General board member, he has played a key role in dealing with theological issues, constitutional and judicial matters, and difficult decisions in our movement. Leaders have valued his advice as sound, unbiased, and uninfluenced by personal agendas. He is a kind, gracious, steadfast, and articulate spokesman for the apostolic faith.
With an uncompromising faith in the word of God, Bro. J. L. Hall has constantly challenged the modern Pentecostal movement to follow its natural impulse of biblical understanding in doctrine and experience. Bro. J. L. Hall and his lovely wife have been married for over 56 years and now reside in Michigan. Bro. and Sis. Halls sons Gerald and Ron are UPCI Pastors in Michigan and their daughter Diana with her husband Warren live in Scottsdale Arizona.