Everett L. Fullam

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Everett L. Fullam
Born Everett Leslie Fullam
(1930-07-01)July 1, 1930
Montpelier, Vermont, United States
Died March 15, 2014(2014-03-15) (aged 83)
Residence Ormond Beach, Florida, United States
Occupation Teaching priest
Years active 1967-1998
Religion Christianity[1]
Spouse(s) Ruth (m. 1952 to 2014 [his death])

Everett Leslie "Terry" Fullam (July 1, 1930 – March 15, 2014) was a priest, biblical scholar, and teacher who gained prominence in the Episcopal Church, and the Worldwide Anglican, Roman Catholic, and Protestant communities for his renewal ministries from 1972 to 1998.[1][2]

Early life[edit]

Fullam was born in Montpelier, Vermont, to Rex Fullam and Mary Fullam (née: Mary Frances Tewsksbury). After graduating from high school in Barre, VT, in 1948, Fullam began his college studies at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY. During his time there, he was also choirmaster at a nearby Methodist church, whose pastor gave Fullam a copy of the book Deeper Experiences of Famous Christians by James Gilchrist Lawson. Fullam credits the book with helping him to change the direction of his life. He withdrew from Eastman and enrolled at Gordon College in Wenham, MA, where he would graduate magna cum laude with a B.A. in philosophy. He then did graduate work at both Harvard University and Boston University, obtaining his master of arts in philosophy from Harvard, magna cum laude, in 1955.

For the next 16 years, Fullam held various teaching positions in a number of universities and colleges. He concluded his academic career as a professor at Barrington College in 1972.

Fullam never attended seminary, but he was ordained into the Episcopal Church.[1] In 1967, he was ordained an Episcopal priest by the Bishop of Rhode Island.[1][3] He was appointed Rector of St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Darien, Connecticut in 1972.[1]

In 1984, Fullam received a Doctorate of Divinity from Barrington College. In 1990, he was awarded an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters from Gordon College.[4]

Ministry[edit]

In 1972, Fullam accepted a call to become rector of St. Paul’s parish in Darien, CT. By way of his leadership, St. Paul’s became one of the most active and fastest growing churches in the United States. Fullam placed special emphasis at St. Paul’s on renewal for clergy and laity.[4]

As his reputation as a dynamic renewal leader grew, he received and accepted numerous invitations to teach around the nation and the world.[5]

In 1980, a book about Fullam, the St. Paul’s parish, and its ministry was written by Bob Slosser, titled Miracle in Darien.[1][6] The book, which was reprinted and revised in 1997 (Bridge-Logos Publishers), is recognized today as a leading text on church renewal.[4]

Also in 1980 Fullam's core teaching was captured in two visually rich presentations produced by L. P. "Whis" Hays: Jesus, Head of the Church, which became the most widely circulated film ever distributed by the Episcopal Radio-TV Foundation. A companion piece was a video titled What Do You Think of Christ?, circulated directly by St. Paul's and which also enjoyed wide viewership. His teaching was also captured in audio recordings that remain quite compelling and are still available online.

In 1989, Fullam resigned his position as rector at St. Paul’s to allow him to better focus on ministering around the world.[7]

He has conducted missions in more than 25 countries, including more than 50 travel and teaching missions to Israel and the Middle East.[8][9]

In 1998, Fullam suffered a stroke and had to discontinue his teaching missions.[2]

Work[edit]

Fullam is the author of seven books: Living the Lord’s Prayer (Ballantine Books); Fit for God’s Presence (Chosen Books); Facets of Faith (Episcopal Radio/TV Foundation); Riding the Wind – Your Life in the Holy Spirit (Creation House); How to Walk with God (Thomas Nelson); Thirsting – A Study on the Presence of God (Thomas Nelson); Your Body God’s Temple (Chosen Books). He has also authored an audio teaching library, Life on Wings, which contains more than 750 titles.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f Slosser, Bob (1980). Miracle in Darien. Alachua, FL: Bridge-Logos Publishers.
  2. ^ a b Virtue, David W. (January 19, 2004). “An Interview with Terry Fullam”. Virtue Online. Retrieved March 7, 2013.
  3. ^ The New International Dictionary of Pentecostal and Charismatic Movements: Revised and Expanded Edition (Google eBook). Zondervan. Retrieved April 4, 2013. 
  4. ^ a b c Hein, David and Gardiner H. Shattuck (2005) The Episcopalians. New York: Church Publishing Inc.
  5. ^ McManus, Michael (November 19, 1983). “Martin Luther Still Lives”. The News and Courier (Charleston, SC).
  6. ^ Crosby, Louise (November 28, 1981). “Selection of Books on Religious Themes Fine Gifts”. Ottawa Citizen. Retrieved March 7, 2013.
  7. ^ Slosser, Bob. “Renewal Requires Power and Guts to Succeed”. CBN.com. Retrieved March 7, 2013.
  8. ^ Jeffreys, Emery (August 3, 1991). “Nationally Known Episcopal Priest Redirects Ministry Back to Teaching”. The News-Journal (Daytona Beach, FL). Retrieved March 7, 2013.
  9. ^ Jeffreys, Emery (December 14, 1991). Area Mideast Experts See Hope for Peace”. The News-Journal (Daytona Beach, FL). Retrieved March 7, 2013.