Oral Roberts was born to a Pentecostal preacher on January 24, 1918, near Ada, Oklahoma. Roberts followed his father’s footsteps and became a pastor, building up the Pentecostal Holiness Church. He studied at Oklahoma Baptist College and in the late 1940s, he began to claim direct communications from God. In 1963, he founded Oral Roberts University where he served as chancellor. He died in 2009.
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