Terry Fullam dead at 83


Terry Fullam dead at 83


George Conger

The Bishop of Central Florida reports the Rev. Everett L. Fullam has died. He had been in declining health for several years.

One of the most influential Episcopal priests of his generation and a founder of the modern church renewal movement, "Terry Fullam" was born in Barre, VT in 1930 and upon graduation from high school entered the Eastman School of Music. While serving as a choirmaster at a Methodist Church in Rochester, Fullam underwent a conversion experience withdrawing from Eastman and entering Gordon College in Wenham, Mass. He went on to earn a master’s degree from Harvard in philosophy and began an academic career that culminated as a professor at Barrington College in 1972.

In 1967 Terry Fullam was ordained by the Episcopal Bishop of Rhode Island after undertaking private studies in preparation for ordination.

In 1972 he was appointed Rector of St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Darien, Conn. During his tenure at St Paul’s, (1972-1989) the parish saw significant revival and became one of the fastest growing churches in America. Terry Fullam became a sought after preacher and evangelist and was widely recognized as one of the leaders of the renewal movement in America.

A 1980 book about his ministry at St. Paul written by Bob Slosser, entitled Miracle in Darien brought his ministry to worldwide attention, and remains one of the most influential books on church renewal in the Protestant world.

Upon retirement, Terry Fullam moved to Ormond Beach, Fla., and remained an active teacher and preacher. A 1998 stroke forced him to discontinue his ministry.

In a Tweet to his diocese, the Rt. Rev. Gregory O. Brewer wrote “Just heard that Terry Fullam passed away. A generation ago he was a hero.”