From the foreword by Vinson Synan: Dr. Tony G. Moon’s From Plowboy to Pentecostal Bishop: The Life of J.H. King appears at an opportune juncture in the history of Pentecostal historiography. In recent years, scholars from around the world have “discovered” Bishop King and his seminal work as an early Pentecostal leader who was theologically highly educated for his time, place, and social location.
Now, with Dr. Moon’s excellent and complete biography of his life, the stature of “the Pentecostal aristocrat” as a theologian, journalist, educator, and churchman will only grow and expand as newer generations get to know the man who defined what it meant to be a Pentecostal Bishop in the early days of the movement.
From Dr. A.D. (Doug) Beacham, Jr., Presiding Bishop and General Superintendent International Pentecostal Holiness Church: The life and ministry of Bishop Joseph H. King comes alive in this thoroughly researched and chronicled biography. Dr. Tony Moon has admirably brought to real life the often 'starchy' view of this Pentecostal leader. As one who has always admired Bishop King and his family, I joyfully commend this book to your library. This is a must read for ministers and laity in the International Pentecostal Holiness Church and beyond!
From D. William Faupel: Tony Moon keeps three perspectives in view as he writes: first and foremost, the life of a key early Pentecostal figure and his role in shaping the Pentecostal movement; secondly, the emergence and development of the Pentecostal movement from its Wesleyan Methodist roots to taking its place as a significant theological tradition within the spectrum of Christianity; and finally, the development of the Pentecostal-Holiness Church within the larger theological tradition. It is a monumental achievement; a must read for anyone interested in Pentecostalism, especially the Wesleyan Holiness wing.