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Stanley M. Horton Stanley M. Horton

Biographical Sketch:

Dr. Stanley M. Horton (1916- 2014), renowned scholar, prolific writer and worldwide lecturer, was recognized as Pentecostalism's "premier theologian." As a child of the Azusa Street revival and Mission, Horton served, in the words of General Superintendent George O. Wood, as a "bridge linking the Azusa revival to the present day." Dr. Horton was licensed with the Assemblies of God in 1942, and he was ordained in 1946. Horton and his late wife, Evelyn, were blessed with three children: Stanley, Edward, and Faith.

Horton received his educational training at Los Angeles City College (A.A., 1935); University of California-Berkeley (B.S., 1937); Gordon College (now Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary) (M.Div., 1944); Harvard University (S.T.M., 1945); and Central Baptist Theological Seminary (Th.D., 1959). Additional studies were completed at the Biblical Seminary of New York (now New York Theological Seminary).

As a Harvard graduate in 1945, Horton first taught at Metropolitan Bible Institute until 1948 before serving as chair of the Bible Department at Central Bible College (Springfield, MO) from 1948-1978. In addition to authoring dozens of books and over 250 articles and reviews, Horton wrote the Assemblies of God Adult Teacher Sunday school curriculum for over 25 years (See the complete bibliography of Horton's works below). In 1979-1980 Horton served as president of the Society for Pentecostal Studies. In 1991 he was named Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Bible and Theology at the Assemblies of God Theological Seminary, where he taught from 1978-1991. Throughout his teaching career Horton served as visiting professor to various colleges and seminaries in many countries, including India, Belgium, Germany, Taiwan, the Philippines, and Singapore. In 2014 Dr. Stanley M. Horton passed away in Springfield, Missouri, at the age of 98.

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Bibliography of works by and about Dr. Stanley M. Horton (updated 05/07/2017)

Lois E. Olena, "Stanley M. Horton: A Pentecostal Journey," Assemblies of God Heritage 29 (2009): 4-14.

Martin William Mittelstadt and Matthew Paugh, "The Social Conscience of Stanley Horton," Assemblies of God Heritage 29 (2009): 15-19.


AG Ministry Spotlight: Stanley Horton (February 26, 2010)

Lois Olena interviews Dr. Stanley Horton about his life story, June 30, 2009: Part 1 of 2.

William Menzies interviews Dr. Stanley Horton about his theological legacy, June 30, 2009: Part 2 of 2.


Dr. William W. Menzies interviews Stanley M. Horton at the Assemblies of God Theological Seminary, Springfield, Missouri, 1983 (31:54).

"Honoring Stanley Horton" at the Society for Pentecostal Studies meeting held at Eugene Bible College (Eugene, OR), March 26, 2009.

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