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>Kathryn Johanna Kuhlman was born on May 9, 1907, in Concordia, Missouri, to German parents, Joseph Adolph and Emma Walkenhorst Kuhlman. She was one of four children: Myrtle, Earl, Kathryn and Geneva. Kuhlman was converted in 1921 at a revival meeting held in a Methodist church and led by a Baptist evangelist, a Rev. Hummel.

By 1923 Kuhlman had completed the tenth grade, which was the extent of public education available in Concordia. Her sister, Myrtle, had married a traveling evangelist from Moody Bible Institute, Everette B. Parrott. She urged the Kuhlman parents to allow Kathryn to join them for the summer, which they reluctantly did. The Parrotts’ itinerary took them to Oregon that summer, and Kuhlman assisted in services by giving her testimony several times in the revival meetings. At the end of the summer, the Parrotts, intending to return Kuhlman to Concordia, allowed her to stay with them and Rev. Parrott promised that she could preach occasionally, a promise which he never fulfilled. Kuhlman remained with the Parrots for five years. During that time, the Parrotts were influenced by Dr. Price, a Canadian evangelist, who instructed Parrott on the baptism of the Holy Spirit. As a result, they incorporated a healing ministry in their services.

It was Everette Parrott’s failure to join the team for a series of meetings in Boise, Idaho, in 1928 that gave Kuhlman her first opportunity to preach. The team at that time consisted of the Parrots, Kuhlman, and the pianist, Helen Gulliford. Mrs. Parrott covered for her husband by doing the preaching in Boise, but later rejoined her husband. Kuhlman and Gulliford decided, at the urging of the pastor of a small mission church in Boise, to stay and work on their own. Kuhlman handled the preaching and Gulliford the music. They toured Idaho and other parts of the country for the next five years.

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