Agnes Ozman (1870-1937) was a female student at Charles
Fox Parham's Bethel Bible School in Topeka, Kansas. Ozman's experience was
considered by many as “the first to speak in tongues,” which sparked the modern
Pentecostal-Holiness movement in the early 20th century.
Agnes Ozman herself had known cult leader Frank Sandford. She “…named [A.B.] Simpson as well as his colleague, Steven Merritt…as two of her more esteemed spiritual teachers.” “Merritt is credited in Sublimity of Faith, as the chief mentor and influence in leading Frank Sandford to his understanding and acceptance of the Holy Spirit…” ((Charles W. Nienkirchen; A.B.Simpson and the Pentecostal Movement p.31-2) http://www.fwselijah.com/Parham.htm )
Like Dominionists, Restorationists and British Israelites of today, “Sandford was closely drawn to A.B. Simpson’s religious fervor, his vision of global spiritual conquest and his hope that the millenium was within reach. Likewise, since the millenarians were looking for a worldwide catastrophe, they generally did not approve of the notion of American or English manifest destiny which appealed to optimistic millennialists; Sandford would successfully merge the two doctrines by viewing Anglo-America as the "lost tribes of Israel," stiff-necked, rebellious, deserving of God’s punishment, yet still God’s chosen people and rod for the nations." (Hiss p.77 http://www.fwselijah.com/Roots.htm)
Alexander Dowie influenced Sanford, Parham and Agnes Ozman. “Renowned faith healer, John Alexander Dowie of the International Divine Healing Association of Chicago, Illinois had since the mid 1890's garnered Mr. Sandford's attention. He was also founder of the Christian Catholic Apostolic Church in Zion, Illinois in 1896, and eventually it too took on the name of "Shiloh". Frank Sandford had twice heard Dowie speak during travels in the mid-west, and cited him in a March 1, 1897 issue of Tongues of Fire..." (http://www.fwselijah.com/dowie.htm ; other)
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