A Special Testimony of 
by Dr. Rita Bennett
Musings reflecting on CRA's 50th Year Celebration
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It's amazing how many people continue to love and quote The Rev. Dr. Dennis Bennett though he's been in Heaven several decades. For instance, lovely Maria Lancaster has taken flowers to Dennis's grave for many years. Tim Lignon emailed me saying, "I just finished reading Dennis's book Nine O'clock in the Morning. It was wonderful and exactly what I needed to read having been recently baptized in the Holy Spirit." Also this year, a prisoner in a Wisconsin jail wrote to say he was witnessing to other prisoners. They are in revival studying the Bible, along with our book, The Holy Spirit & You, and are praying for one another!"

​Recently, a woman named Ann M. phoned me in Edmonds, WA to say that she admired Rev. Dennis Bennett. She said their birthdays are on the same time––October 28. However, Ann’s birth year is 1954, and Dennis’s is 1917. She realized that Dennis would have been 100 years in 2017 or 101 in 2018. She felt that it would be good to tell others. 

Dennis Joseph Bennett, named Father of the Charismatic Renewal was honored and remembered by me, his widow, and his close Church friends, on July 23, 2018, at The Embassy Suites Hotel in North Lynnwood, Washington.

To personally honor Dennis, you can also share your story about him and email it to me at ritabennett.cra@frontier.com, or send it to CRA Inc., P.O. Box 576, Edmonds, WA 98020. We may share it on our web site. In the continuing celebration of Christian Renewal Association’s 50th Year Anniversary, my 501c3 nonprofit Board and I invite you to consider blessing Dennis’s lifelong work and its continuance, with a special testimony or prayer, and a special ministry gift of $50. You can also purchase my new book entitled The Lord's Prayer Heals.


Dennis has been in Heaven for the past 27 years.  He was the Episcopal priest who verbally fired the shot that was heard around the world. On April 3, 1960, he spoke from his pulpit at the thriving St. Mark’s Church, Van Nuys, California and shared with his congregation that he had received a personal Pentecost or Baptism with the Spirit. And as with the original Pentecost in Jerusalem nearly 2,000 years before, scripture says, “They were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance” (Acts 2:4 NKJV). Now Dennis shared that he, and then many of his congregation, had this empowering experience. This was his flock and he wanted them to know that God had more in store for them, so he told them, to his own disadvantage publicitywise. When the news of his spiritual experience was shared, it was then carried by the local newspapers and various wire services. There was no way to escape the publicity, especially when TIME magazine carried the story, and then Newsweek.  For more of this subject, go to our online store and order "Nine O'clock in the Morning" and "The Holy Spirit and You."

A Prayer:  Father God, I thank you for sending your son, Dennis Bennett, to earth to bring healing help for the multitudes. He was born again at age eleven. After he graduated from college, he went to seminary at the University of Chicago. He was the chief pastor at the Episcopal Church in Van Nuys, California. There he sought You, Lord, and found You on a deeper level of transformation. He eventually was led by You Lord, to travel to most of the United States and to ten nations to take what he called “The Full Gospel” to them. He also wrote books and ministered on radio and television.  

Lord, only You know how many lives Dennis has helped to bring into Your family. We are blessed that his writing and his influence still changes lives for the better today. Please let Dennis know that his earthly family and friends still remember him and honor his memory, and Your Memory Dear Father God and Jesus Christ Your Son. “Your Kingdom come, Your will be done, On earth as it is in Heaven (Matthew 6:10). Amen.”

©2018 by Rita Bennett, CRA Inc., www.EmotionallyFree.org
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