Abraham Vereide

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Vereide in 1960

Abraham Vereide (October 7, 1886 - May 16, 1969) was a Norwegian-born Methodist minister and founder of Goodwill Industries of Seattle.

In 1935, Vereide founded the prayer breakfast movement in the United States. In 1942, Vereide established International Christian Leadership, incorporated as Fellowship Foundation, in Chicago as the U.S. headquarters for the prayer breakfast movement. He was the executive director of this organization until his death. In 1953, Vereide started the Presidential Prayer Breakfast, later called the National Prayer Breakfast or the International Prayer Breakfast.[1][2][3][4][5][6]


  1. ^ Billy Graham Center, International Christian Leadership Archives-Dr. Abraham Vereide- Box 468
  2. ^ Hottel, Clarence W. , From Bethlehem to Baltimore (2001) page 155
  3. ^ Harris, Irving The Willowbank Story, Island Press Ltd. (1979) page 9
  4. ^ "'Family': Fundamentalism, Friends In High Places". NPR. July 1, 2009. Retrieved 2013-04-18. 
  5. ^ Sharlet, Jeff (2008). The Family: Power, Politics and Fundamentalism's Shadow Elite. University of Queensland Press. ISBN 0-7022-3694-2. 
  6. ^ Sharlet, Jeff (2008). The Family: The Secret Fundamentalism at the Heart of American Power. HarperCollins. p. 87. ISBN 978-0-06-056005-8. The man is a Norwegian immigrant named Abraham Vereide, known to most as Abram, a preacher who has found in America the stature and respectability—by way of a prestigious pulpit—that eluded him in his native Norway.