Lonnie Frisbee, Mother’s Day 1980 – Part 1 of 5

John Wimber asked Lonnie Frisbee to come speak at his church on Mothers Day, 1980.  It literally changed history.   Frisbee, who later died of AIDS in 1993, was instrumental in starting the Vineyard movement.

According to Frisbee, the anointing and mantle he carried was from Kathryn Kulman.

Part 1 of 5.


15 thoughts on “Lonnie Frisbee, Mother’s Day 1980 – Part 1 of 5

  1. Thanks for sharing these vintage clips of Lonnie Frisbee. He was instrumental is so many ways in the Jesus Movement. Like others, he had an unfortunate end on personal issues but it doesn’t diminish how God used him. Blessings.


  2. Aye, it’s an interesting story, Mel. Sometimes, I think people have tried to write him out of the annals of Christian history – but he was an important part.

    I’m not sure if this is true but I heard a story told about him shortly before he died in 1993. He had walked into a church in California, and heard teaching on the Father heart of God. It was said that he said: “this is the piece that’s been missing.’

    Anyway, an interesting story, though one I cannot corroborate.

    Grace to you,



    1. Yup, it’s too bad that we tend to throw people under the bus who fail on a personal level. Then we can’t accept them when they’re restored. Another symptom of orphan Christianity. And that’s an interesting story. I hadn’t heard that one. But whether it’s true or not, that is what he was missing. I saw Kevin Dedmon at a conference last year and he talked a lot about Lonnie Frisbee, how he was an inspiration to him and his wife in prophetic art.


      1. I’m going to see Kevin Dedmon from Bethel this weekend In Glasgow! I’d never heard of him before the last year. So, really looking forward to it, Mel. Thanks for taking the time to comment.


        1. Cool. We used his Treasure Hunt training with our ministry students and I got a chance to talk to him at the conference last year in Minneapolis. He’s very open and a great guy to talk to. Get one of his healing charts if he’s got them there. It chronicles the history of the healing evangelists and traces their influences. It’s fascinating. Enjoy your time there.
          Again, thanks for posting the Lonnie Frisbee clips. Blessings.


          1. Yeah, I’d heard about the treasure hunts from Bethel – but never knew Kevin Dedmon was behind it. We’ve had quite a few folks from Bethel over here in Scotland – Danny Silk and Dawna da Silva, Jesus Culture etc. Pretty cool guys.

            In terms of the history, my understanding at the moment is that Wimber got it from Frisbee, who got it from Khulman, who got it from the healing evangelists of the 50’s, AA Allen, William Braham etc.

            So, i guess the likes of Toronto, Redding, and IHOP can all be traced back to the latter rain movements from the 50’s. For sure, there were some questionable practices in the 50’s – and Branham certainly got confused about a few things – but a lot of this came from the 50’s, i think.


            1. The healing evangelist’s chart I mentioned traces the influences back to the mid-1800’s. Again, you’ll find it fascinating. There are several streams of influence.

              Roberts Liardon chronicled a lot these guys in his series, “God’s Generals,” going back to the late 1800’s.


              1. ok – will check it out, Mel. I’ve heard of God’s generals. But not watched it / read it. I guess that 50s can be traced back to Aimee Semple Macpherson from the 20’s etc, and that to Azuza Street and Wales in 1904/5. In knew that there was an important meeting in London in 1885 that was significant – but cannot remember all the details. Will look out for it bro. Peace. J.


          2. Just back from 4 days in England on an Encounter Retreat btw – on sonship and the orphan heart. So, soooo good. It was with Peter Jackson. I highly recommend his ministry, Mel. He has an incredible revelation of the Father – and worked with Jack WInter in the 80’s alongside James Jordan. Of all the Father heart guys, he has an incredible ability to impart the father’s love. He was also a vineyard pastor – and he’s so like John WImber it’s incredible, Mel. V laid back – highly anointed, and v humble.


            1. That’s awesome, John. I’ve heard of him but haven’t heard him yet. Will definitely check out his ministry.

              Btw, I saw John Wimber in 1982 in Dallas at a James Robison conference. I had no clue about him before that and he just blew me away! We were all laughing one minute and on the floor the next! It was wild, to say the least!


              1. Yeah, my parents heard him in 83 and 85 when he came to Sheffield in England. It changed their lives. Pretty sure I was in his meeting in 1987 in Edinburgh – but I was only 11 at the time – so cannot remember it much. Listened to lots of his teachings. tbh, I feel like a spiritual grandson to him. Cannot explain it. But he has been a massive influence in my life.


              2. I honestly believe that church history will place Wimber on the same level as Knox and Luther. He was a huge watershed. Don’t want to make him an idol, but that’s my gut feel. So much of what we’re seeing now, Toronto, Bethel, IHOP etc can all be traced to John Wimber in some ways. And many many other ministries – John Paul Jackson, Larry Randolph etc.


                1. Wimber was definitely a pioneer and major influence of this movement. I heard Randy Clark talk one time about being at the same conference I was at in Dallas. It was just stunning–a moment in time that tattoos you forever with greater Kingdom revelation.

                  I agree on his influence in Church history. And I even think that those who will take an unbiased and honest look will see this period of time as another reformation in the church equal to that of Luther and Calvin. It’s that transformational.


                1. I would tend to agree, although, this kind of supernatural ministry was more rare then so his ministry had so much more impact on people. So it’s hard for me to say. He definitely moved powerfully in words of knowledge. I will say, I haven’t personally been in meetings that were more powerful than his but I’ve been in similar encounters. And as you said, Toronto would probably not have happened without Wimber’s influence.


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