Demos Shakarian:

The Life, Legacy, and Vision of a Full Gospel Business Man

Matthew W. Tallman


Paperback Edition: ISBN 978-1609470029   Retail: $42.00


Asbury Theological Seminary Series:

The Study of World Christian Revitalization Movements in Pentecostal & Charismatic Studies (No. 2)


Individual orders at


Search Inside the Book at

I first met Demos in 1955 while I was a student at Emmanuel College. He and his pilot spoke in Chapel. I still remember his startling message about the thousands of mainline church people who were receiving the baptism in the Holy Spirit. It was also amazing to see a Pentecostal who was a successful and wealthy businessman. I also remember his airplane pilot who spoke of flying 200 miles on an empty fuel tank. I was honored to meet Demos and shake his hand. Our paths were to cross many times over the following years. A major turning point in my life was at a FGBMFI meeting in Charlotte, NC in 1970 where I was introduced to the Protestant Charismatic renewal. Here I saw a Lutheran pastor speak in tongues. It opened a new chapter in my life and led to a cover story of my life and ministry in the FGBMFI Voice.

-Vinson Synan, Dean Emeritus

Regent University School of Divinity


In this work Matt Tallman writes the biography of a man who as much as anyone prepared the groundwork for the emergence of the Charismatic Movement, The story of Demos Shakarian, founder of the Full Gospel Business Men’s Fellowship International (FGBMFI), has been told thousands of times and published in countless forms. However, this is the first comprehensive critical assessment of the man and his work. More than any other single factor, the FGBMFI provided both a forum for and gave visibility to the emerging Charismatic Movement within the mainline denominations. Tallman tells the story with grace, objectivity and humor as he chronicles the events in the life of Demos Shakarian.

-D. William Faupel, Wesley Theological Seminary



About the Author:

Matthew Tallman is an author and educator on the Pentecostal and Charismatic movements. He received his PhD in Renewal Studies with an emphasis on Church History from Regent University, and he teaches as an adjunct professor at George Fox University in their Department of Religion. He currently is assisting Open Arms International, a Christian relief agency, in providing education for AIDS orphans in Kenya. Matthew and his wife Cheryl reside in Gladstone, Oregon near Portland and they have one daughter Nichole, married to Chris Bingham. For more information about the author, his work in the field of Pentecostal and Charismatic studies, or his work with AIDS orphans, go to





Copyright© 2005-2016 Emeth Press, LLC. All Rights Reserved.



Site Meter