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 Rev. Andrew Bar David Urshan

 United Pentecostal Church International

 1884 ~ 1967

Reverend Andrew D. Urshan was born on May 17, 1884 in Persia, in a village called Adabjaloo. This village lay approximately four hundred miles northwest of Mt. Ararat, where Noah's ark rested. Andrew was converted in his homeland in 1900.  

In 1902 he came to the United States, landing in Yonkers, New York. He began preaching the gospel in 1904 and remained faithful to his calling until his death sixty-three years later. In 1906, in Chicago, he witnessed a new touch of God's sanctifying grace and a fresh divine anointing that set him on fire to win lost souls. He immediately began personal work among his fellow Assyrian people, with marked success.

Two years later, in 1908, the Holy Ghost baptism fell upon converts in an unexpected manner in the upper room in Moody Bible Institute. This led him to seek the Lord again, with a new determination to receive this heavenly outpouring of God's Spirit. On July 4, 1908, the Lord baptized him with the Holy Ghost, and he spoke with tongues for several hours. The Lord opened the door for Brother Urshan to not only preach in the United States, but also in the British Isles, Holland, Norway, Sweden, Russia, and Persia (now Iran). During his lifetime he wrote and published at least eight books, which were widely distributed.

He was ordained in 1910 in Chicago by William Durham. In 1917, Andrew Urshan was united in marriage with Mildred Harriet Hammergren. They were blessed with four children: Grace, Faith, Nathaniel, and Andrew II, who died in 1951. It was in 1917 that he began publication of a monthly periodical is "There is Sunshine in the Shadows." 

On November 29, 1932, he affiliated with the Pentecostal Assemblies of the Jesus Christ and served as a presbyter in the eastern states. During his many years as a minister, he effectively evangelized throughout the nation and the world. Thousands were were won to the Jesus' name message through his fervent, earnest, prayful ministry. In 1933, he became pastor of the Satisfaction Gospel Mission (later the Apostolic Faith Christian Church) in New York City. He resigned this pastorate in 1950 and spent the remainder of his life speaking in special meetings, evangelistic services, and conferences.

In the early 1950s Brother Urshan married Ethel May Dugas, who was his companion until death seperated them. It was also in the early 1950s that he moved to Long Beach, California, which was his home until his death. He preached his last sermon on October 12, 1967, in Bay City, Texas, in Pastor R.E. Johnson's assembly. The inspiring and effective ministry of Andrew D. Urshan, the "Persian Evangelist," made a lasting contribution to the present-day Oneness Pentecostal movement as we know it. He was a strong preacher of the name of Jesus and a lover of the message of holiness unto the Lord. Brother Urshan went to be with the Lord on October 16, 1967, at the age of eighty-two years and five months. His last words to his son were, "You go to the National Conference in Tulsa; I'm going to the International Conference in the New Jerusalem." Audio Recordings of Brother Andrew A. Urshan are available in our audio library.



Rev. Jonathan Urshan

United Pentecostal Church International


Urshan, Rev. Jonathan of St. Peters, Missouri, died on Sunday, May 13, 2012 at the age of 84. He was the loving husband of 50 years to Elizabeth Jane Urshan; beloved son of the late Timothy David and Anna Urshan; devoted father of Pastor Jonathan (Tammy) Urshan and Pastor Andrew (Bethany) Urshan; cherished grandfather of Jon David, Benjamin and Caleb Urshan; dear brother of David (Lorraine) Urshan and Mary Bennick; and beloved uncle to many nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his siblings John and Josiah Urshan, Lydia Harbrow and Ruth Copple. Rev. Jonathan Urshan was a well known preacher and Bible teacher who had ministered internationally. He pastored two growing Oneness Pentecostal congregations for a total of 40 plus years and also was an instructor in Bible Colleges in Mississippi and Missouri. During his ministry he served in various positions on a statewide and national level for the United Pentecostal Church International. At the time of his death he was the Pastor of Bethel Pentecostal Church in St. Peters, MO. He and his loving wife Libba celebrated 50 years of marriage on May 11, 2012. Services: The family is being served by The BAUE Funeral and Memorial Center, 3950 West Clay Street, St. Charles, MO. A visitation will be held at Bethel Pentecostal Church, 305 Jungermann Road, St. Peters MO on Thursday May 17, from 5-9 PM and on Friday May 18, from 10-11 AM, with a Funeral Service to follow. Interment at St. Charles Memorial Gardens. Memorials may be made to Bethel Pentecostal Church.
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