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Roberts, Oral

b. 1918 - d. 2009

Born in Pontotoc County, Oklahoma, Granville Oral Roberts was a pioneering televangelist and influential American evangelical. A guiding personality of the Prosperity Gospel movement that holds that Christians who pray and donate fervently will be rewarded, Roberts founded the Oral Roberts Evangelistic Association in 1947 and Oral Roberts University in 1963 in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Reflective of the new wave of Pentecostalism after World War II, Roberts facilitated faith healing crusades across the world. Roberts broadcast his ministry by radio and television, starting in 1947 and 1954 respectively. Searching for more doctrinal flexibility, Roberts joined the Oklahoma Conference of the United Methodist Church in the late 1960s. In 1981, inspired by a vision, he completed the construction and opened City of Faith Medical and Research Center, which closed in 1989.

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Letter from Oral Roberts to MLK

In this letter, noted evangelist Oral Roberts thanks "my dear partner" for making possible a trip to Vietnam and encloses a special report on the mission. Roberts conducted more than 300 crusades on six continents during his ministry.