Evangelist Oral Roberts Dies at 91

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Iconic statue on the campus of Oral Roberts University Iconic statue on the campus of Oral Roberts University (trp0/flickr)

Oral Roberts, the charismatic evangelist, has died of complications from pneumonia in Newport Beach, California. He was 91.

A humble Oklahoma preacher, Roberts rose from tent revivals to found a multimillion-dollar organization and an Oklahoma university that bears his name.

According to NPR, he was a pioneer on two fronts — he helped bring spirit-filled charismatic Christianity into the mainstream and took his trademark revivals to television, a new frontier for religion.

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