Founder Dr. Gary W. Garrett
Preserving History - Honoring Excellence - Connecting Generations
We represent 116 years of classical Pentecostal history!
WELCOME to the Apostolic Archives International, Inc. We are a well articulated preservation society for the global activity of Pentecostal history. From the cradle to the present times. Our mission and purpose is to preserve historical information at large concerning the movement in order to benefit every individual that has an interest in the Pentecostal perspective.
Over the course of time Pentecostalism has gradually evolved. As a movement, all Pentecostals share common ground in the baptism of the Holy Ghost with the evidence of speaking in other tongues. However, beyond this theological point the movement is very diverse in its interpretation of Scripture. Some believe that the Holy Ghost is optional, while some believe that it is essential. Some hold to the early doctrine of three works of grace, while some believe in the finished work of grace. Some hold to the trinitarian view of the Godhead, while some believe in the Oneness of God in Christ. Some practice the triune formula of baptism of Father, Son and Holy Ghost, while some practice baptism in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ. Some believe that baptism is an outward sign of an inward experience, while some believe that baptism is for the remission of sin. With this kind of diversity in its 115 year history, modern Pentecostalism has a lot to deal with on the theological plane.
The Apostolic Archives International, Inc., was officially established in 1999 by Dr. Gary W. Garrett, an enthusiastic student of 20th Century Pentecostalism, and advocate of the Acts 2:38 experience.
Dr. Gary W. Garrett began his historic collection of Pentecostal gems at the young age of ten. His private collection continued to grow intil it was necessary to transform it into a public repository. Together with an elite group of individuals, which form the executive board of directors and advisors, the moral integrity of the Archives has a guaranteed and positive program for the present and future success of the organization.
The historic materials cover every facet of modern Pentecost, from its embryonic stage to the spiritual impact that it has on the world today. The diversity, and doctrinal differences are incapsulated in a repository of apostolic history. The Apostolic Archives International, Inc., acknowledges that there were many great contributaries during the early years of development within the movement, of which we attempt to honor them through the Who's Who and Hall of Fame!
The business operations for the Apostolic Archives International is located in Joplin, Missouri. The question has been asked, "Why Joplin?" The answer is easy for two reasons. 1. Joplin is the birthplace and home of Dr. Gary W. Garrett, founder of the Apostolic Archives International. 2. The Joplin metro is part of the early development of modern Pentecostalism, and the ministry of Charles F. Parham. After Parham left Topeka, Kansas, in 1901, he eventually settled in Baxter Springs, Kansas in 1911 where he lived until his death in 1929.
Joplin is located 60 miles South-West of El Dorado Springs, MO., where Parham met Mary Arthur in 1903. We are five miles East of Galena, Kansas, where the first Pentecostal revival took place in 1903. We are sixteen mile's East of Baxter Springs, Kansas, where Parham established a permanent headquarters for the Apostolic Faith Movement in 1911. Baxter Springs is also the burial place for the Parham family. We are twenty miles East of Keelville, Kansas, where in 1905, Parham oversaw the construction of the first Pentecostal Chapel ever built in America. In 1904, Joplin became the epicenter of a great revival conducted by Charles Parham. Hundreds were healed and baptized in the Holy Ghost with the evidence of speaking in other tongues. With all the historicity surrounding Joplin, MO. it was the most logical place for the Apostolic Archives International to be established.
There is a fulltime historian and archivist at the archives, subsequently supported by a colalition of historians throughout North America that provide assistance when necessary.
The intended objective of the Apostolic Archives International is to articulate the worlds most fully developed repository of historical information and resources relative to the "Apostolic Faith". Our motto sets the standard for the purpose in which we endeavor to accomplish: "Preserving History - Honoring Excellence - Connecting Generations"
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