Rev. Dennis J. Bennett Papers

Dennis Bennett was an Episcopal clergyman who is considered one of, if not the, most prominent progenitor of the charismatic movement. The start of the movement is often marked by the date, April 3rd 1960, when Father Bennett announced from his church pulpit in Van Nuys California that he had received the Baptism of the Holy Spirit with speaking in tongues. Bennett traveled extensively throughout the U.S. and the world sharing his testimony, often under the auspices of the Full Gospel Business Men’s Fellowship. Among his several books, his well-known Nine O’Clock in the Morning is an account of his testimony, and The Holy Spirit and You, which he co-authored with his wife, Rita Bennett, is a classic study of the gifts and ministries of the Holy Spirit.

The Rev. Dennis J. Bennett Papers comprises correspondence, books, brochures, newsletters, pamphlets, audiotapes, and other material pertaining to the ministry and life of Father Dennis J. Bennett. The first boxes of the collection were received from Rita Bennett, his widow, in January of 2010.

As with all works in the Special Collections & Archives, these materials are non-circulating. Researchers are welcome to contact the Special Collections Supervisor for more information.