Canadian Pentecostal Diversity: Incorporating the Many Voices

Michael Wilkinson


An important and neglected aspect of Pentecostalism in Canada is its cultural diversity.In this article I offer a multicultural interpretation of Canadian Pentecostalism examining several ways in which the voices of “other” European groups have largely gone unheard, especially the German, Scandinavian, and Italian. I then recontextualize the story by including aboriginal, black, and new immigrants from Asia, Africa, and Latin America. I also suggest some reasons why Canadian Pentecostalism has not incorporated the voices of these groups into its history and provide a research agenda for Canadian Pentecostal studies.


Pentecostalism; multiculturalism; diversity

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