Child preacher

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Child preacher Uldine Utley, aged about 12

In some branches of Christianity, especially American pentecostalism, children are occasionally preachers, or even ordained ministers. The heyday of child preachers was in the 1920s and 1930s,[1] but a number of videos of modern-day child preachers can be seen on YouTube.[2]

One of the most prominent child preachers was Marjoe Gortner, who was the subject of the 1972 documentary Marjoe.

According to Randall Balmer, the appeal of having child preachers is in its novelty, making it "a kind of a carnival side-show".[1]

In 2012, when he was 11 years old, Ezekiel Stoddard was ordained as a minister in his family's non-denominational Fullness of Time Church, in Maryland.[3]

In 2011, National Geographic aired a documentary that featured a four-year-old preacher in the United Pentecostal Church International.[4][5]


  1. ^ a b Hebblethwaite, Cordelia (29 August 2012). "The curious allure of child preachers". BBC News. Retrieved 17 May 2016.
  2. ^ Harris, Dan; Murphey, Chris (16 August 2012). "Boy Preacher, 11, Says Skeptics Make Him 'More Determined to Stay in Christ'". ABC News. Retrieved 17 May 2016.
  3. ^ "11-year-old preacher and minister". BBC News.
  4. ^ Walsh, Stephen (17 August 2011). "Documentary shines light on pint-sized preachers". CNN. Retrieved 30 July 2017.
  5. ^ "Pint-Sized Preachers". National Geographic. Archived from the original on March 4, 2013. Retrieved 30 July 2017.