Uldine Utley

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Utley, c. 1924

Uldine Utley (March 16, 1912 – October 31, 1995) was an American Pentecostal child preacher.[1]

Utley was born in Durant, Oklahoma.[2] She was converted in 1921 through the preaching of Aimee Semple McPherson in Fresno, California. Within two years Utley was preaching, and at the age of fourteen she preached to a crowd of 14,000 people at Madison Square Garden.[3][4]

In 1935, she was ordained by the Methodist Episcopal Church.[5] She married Wilbur Eugene Langkop in 1938,[6] but was committed to a mental hospital shortly after her marriage. Utley spent the rest of her life in and out of mental institutions.

Utley was called "the Joan of Arc of the modern religious world".[6]


  1. ^ Robinson, Thomas A. Preacher Girl: Uldine Utley and the Industry of Revival. Baylor University Press.
  2. ^ Blumhofer, Edith Waldvogel (1993). Aimee Semple McPherson: Everybody's Sister. Eerdmans. p. 182. Retrieved 18 May 2016.
  3. ^ Robinson, Thomas A.; Ruff, Lanette D. (2011). Out of the Mouths of Babes: Girl Evangelists in the Flapper Era. Oxford University Press. p. 72. Retrieved 18 May 2016.
  4. ^ Lavigne, T. J. (2006). Uldine Utley: Why I am a Preacher. Cloud of Witnesses Publishing. p. 4. Ever since the very first services conducted by the young evangelist, the people have kept asking her, 'Why are you a preacher?' desiring to hear the whole story. No service was devoted to telling it, however until Oct. 31, 1926, when in Madison Square Garden, New York City, following four weeks of meetings held in Calvary Baptist Church...14,000 attended. |access-date= requires |url= (help)
  5. ^ "Religion: Reverend Miss". Time. 30 December 1935. Retrieved 18 May 2016.
  6. ^ a b "Private Lives". Life. 10 January 1938. Retrieved 18 May 2016.

Further reading[edit]

  • Robinson, Thomas A. 2016. Preacher Girl: Uldine Utley and the Industry of Revivalism. Waco, TX: Baylor University Press.