Maria Woodworth-Etter (1844–1924)

  • Priscilla Pope-Levison


Maria Beulah Underwood was the fourth daughter in a family of eight children born to Samuel and Matilda Underwood in rural, central Ohio. In her autobiography she recalled that her parents had minimal interest in religion, a situation that she lamented. “I was left without the religious teachings and influence with which so many homes are blessed.”1 When she was twelve, her father died, and Maria and her sister had to drop out of school in order to help their mother at home. She desperately desired to remain in school. “I wanted to go to school where I could learn, for I longed for an education; and I often cried myself to sleep over this matter. I would have my books in the kitchen, where I could read a verse and commit it to memory, then read another, and so on, thus improving every opportunity while at my work.”2 A year later she attended a service at a Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), where she was converted and experienced an initial call to evangelistic work.


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  1. 1.
    Maria B. Woodworth, The Life and Experience of Maria B. Woodworth (Dayton: United Brethren Publishing House, 1885), 15.Google Scholar
  2. 15.
    Maria B. Woodworth, The Life, Work, and Experience of Maria Beulah Woodworth, Evangelist, revised edn. (St. Louis: Commercial Printing, 1894), 33.Google Scholar
  3. 16.
    Maria Woodworth-Etter, Signs and Wonders, revised edn. (New Kensington, PA: Whitaker House, 1997), 32.Google Scholar
  4. 30.
    Maria B. Woodworth-Etter, Acts of the Holy Ghost, or The Life, Work, and Experience of Mrs. M. B. Woodworth-Etter, Evangelist (Dallas: John F. Worley, 1912), 339.Google Scholar

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