Encyclopedia of Latin American Religions

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Miranda, David Martins

  • Dario Paulo Barrera Rivera
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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-08956-0_329-1


David Miranda was born on July 4, 1936, in the state of Paraná, in the southeast of Brazil, in the municipality of Reserva, about 650 km from São Paulo, SP. Miranda’s parents were Catholics, worked on the Saint Helena farm, and had six children. In 1956, the whole family migrated to São Paulo, where David Miranda converted to a Pentecostal church. In 1962, he founded the God is Love Pentecostal Church which he led until his death on February 15, 2015, in São Paulo, victim of a massive heart attack.


In the life of David Miranda, his provincial origin stands out, as well as his experience as a migrant in the city of São Paulo in the 1950s. His entry to Pentecostalism, which at that time was beginning to gain strength in the urban context, and his religious entrepreneurship led him to establish and consolidate one of the major Brazilian Pentecostal churches, the God is Love Pentecostal Church. He was a leader with obvious charismatic characteristics (Weber 1984)....


Brazilian Pentecostalism Divine healing God is Love Pentecostal Church 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Methodist University of São PauloSão PauloBrazil