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Ivan Q. Spencer, Founder of Elim Bible Institute and Elim Fellowship, Still Speaks

Furrow Press announces the release of Faith: Living the Crucified Life, a compilation of Ivan Q. Spencer's writings on the faith life. Often mentioned as an early American Pentecostal leader who influenced the Pentecostal movement, Spencer has escaped the intensive study of Pentecostal historians and theologians alike. This posthumous publication of his articles on faith from The Elim Pentecostal Herald should stir a real interest in Spencer's message and life.

Big Flats, NY, February 15, 2008 --( Furrow Press announces the release of Faith: Living the Crucified Life, a posthumous publication of Ivan Q. Spencer, the founder of Elim Bible Institute and Elim Fellowship of Lima, New York. More than 35 years after his death, the words of Ivan Q. Spencer have been recast in this book edited by his granddaughter, Edie Mourey. The book may be purchased online at or at Bender’s Parable Christian Store in Williamsville, New York.

Ivan Q. Spencer was a man whose simple faith resulted in the founding of a Bible school and a ministerial fellowship, the dissemination of the Pentecostal message to many nations, the training and equipping of thousands of Christian leaders, and the healing of the blind and diseased. His message of faith runs counter to our current faith culture. Rather than preaching about a faith that gets, he preaches from this text about a faith that gives to God and to others. As Mourey recently said in an interview in Elim Bible Institute’s publication, The Bell Tower, “We’re living in a culture that is consumed with self and consumed with getting things. The Church hasn’t been left unaffected by our culture’s consumerism. [Spencer’s message of] the crucified life, however, truly runs counter to our culture, and we need to hear a voice beckoning us back to our first love and our first order of worship—that of offering ourselves as living sacrifices to God.”

Faith: Living the Crucified Life was recently reviewed by Darrin J. Rodgers, director of the Flower Pentecostal Heritage Center in Springfield, Missouri. In the blog, Seen in Print, Rodgers explained Spencer’s book is important for the following reasons: “First, Spencer’s insights into the faith life—culled from his writings published from the 1930s through the 1950s—illustrate theological themes important to a whole segment within Pentecostalism. Second, Spencer’s reflective devotional musings challenge the assumption, held by certain critics, that early Pentecostals lacked theological substance.”

Rodgers closes his review highlighting the individuals he believes will be most interested in the book: “Faith: Living the Crucified Life will be of interest to Pentecostal historians, to those whose spiritual journeys have been impacted by Spencer, and to church leaders and people in the pew seeking devotional reading to challenge their own faith lives.”

For more information about Ivan Q. Spencer and what others are saying about this book, you may visit

Paperback, 112 pages. $12.95. Order from: Furrow Press, P.O. Box 98, Big Flats, NY 14814-0098 or Bender's Parable Christian Store, 8550 Sheridan Drive, Williamsville, NY 14221. Web Site:; Email:; Phone: 607-207-1923.

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