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Oral Roberts

Birth place or City of origin: Bebee
State of origin: OK
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Start/Birth date: 1918
Death/End date: 2009

An American Pentecostal televangelist and a Christian charismatic, Granville Oral Roberts was born into poverty in Bebee, Oklahoma. His Christian ministry began with what he described as his own miracle healing of tuberculosis at age 17. Roberts pastored churches in Oklahoma and Georgia and preached at revivals around the country while studying at Oklahoma Baptist University and Phillips University in Oklahoma. In 1947, he founded the Oral Roberts Evangelistic Association in Tulsa, and began conducting crusades across America and around the world, attracting crowds of thousands -- many who were sick and dying and in search of healing. Through the years, he conducted more than 300 crusades on six continents and laid hands on an estimated 2 million people. In 1954, he brought television cameras into services, providing what he liked to call a front-row seat to miracles. He later began a television program, initially called Oral Roberts Presents. In 1963 Roberts founded Oral Roberts University – an interdenominational Christian liberal arts university located in Tulsa, Oklahoma. As one of the most well-known and controversial religious leaders of the 20th century, Roberts' ministries reached millions of followers worldwide spanning a period of over six decades.

 

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