Alexander Boddy: Pentecostal Anglican Pioneer
by Gavin Wakefield
A fascinating new biography recalling the earliest invasion of Pentecostalism into the UK. Alexander Boddy was an Anglican minister, truly hungry for the presence of God yet with a genuinely eirenic spirit, constantly making every effort to maintain unity while revolutionary new experiences were taking place around him.
Following the outbreak of tongue-speaking in Azusa Street, Los Angeles and Thomas Barratt’s visit to Sunderland welcomed by Boddy, it is interesting to see how these very early days of the outbreak of supernatural gifts invaded the world of this Anglican minister, whose advisers were Bishop Moule and Bishop Lightfoot. Later Smith Wigglesworth came on the scene as the early Pentecostal movement gathered momentum.
Alexander Boddy travelled internationally and was a key leader in these ground-breaking days of spiritual upheaval.