Fuller, Willard (1915– )
Spiritual healer specializing in the astounding phenomenon
of psychic dentistry. Born in Grant Parish, Louisiana, Fuller
was brought up as a Baptist and hoped to become a minister,
but suffered from a pronounced stammer. After graduating
from college with a B.A. in business administration and a B.E.
in electrical engineering, he joined the army, where he reached
the rank of master sergeant. By the time he returned to civilian
life in his own town his stammer had ceased. When a traveling
evangelist preached on two consecutive nights on the theme
‘‘Go Preach,’’ Fuller decided that this had a special meaning for
him. He determined to enter the ministry.
In 1946 he studied at the Southern Baptist Theological
Seminary in New Orleans, where he graduated in theology.
During one of his own revivalist meetings a stranger told him
that he would be used ‘‘as a funnel through which God would
pour blessings on His people.’’ Later Fuller felt impelled to
leave the Baptist ministry and become a Pentecostal. One day
he felt a sudden surge of spiritual force and heard a voice declare
that he was given the gift of healing and would heal people
in the name of Jesus. At his next service he invited those
who needed healing to come forward, and a number of remarkable
cures took place.
He attended a service by evangelist A. C. McCabe, who practiced
dental healing. McCabe told Fuller that he would also
perform dental healing. Fuller was at first reluctant to attempt
this, but a man he had cured of a stomach ulcer returned to his
meetings and asked him to pray for a tooth cavity. Fuller laid
hands on the man’s head and prayed, ‘‘In the name of Jesus,
be thou everywhere whole,’’ and the man confirmed that his
tooth cavity was healed. From March 1960 on, Fuller demonstrated
this strange healing ability at his meetings. Those who
attended his services stated that they saw or personally experienced
dental healing, involving instantaneous filling of cavities
with gold, silver, or porcelain, straightening of crooked teeth,
and healing of decayed teeth and gums. On various occasions
such phenomena were witnessed by professional dentists in the
congregation.
Although such dental healing phenomenon seems incredible
to skeptics, the suggestion of fraud seems even more incredible
in the face of numerous eyewitness reports and considering
the large sums of money that would be involved in skillful conjuring
with substantial quantities of gold, silver, and other cavity
fillings.
Fuller organized the Lively Stones World Healing Fellowship
to give focus to his ministry. He was assisted by his wife,
Margaret, a trained psychologist. She worked for several years
in the area of counseling within the realm of the ministry and
was herself a healer. She used the same method as her husband—that
of laying on of hands and praying in the name of
Jesus.
The Fullers were devoted to a healing ministry based on
spiritual faith and the power of prayer. Although a number of
those who attended their services claimed to receive miraculous
dental healing, the Fullers did not become rich through their
healing. They had a simple lifestyle and lived for some time on
a houseboat. They did not charge for their healing, and their
ministry was sustained only by voluntary contributions. They
traveled wherever they were invited if their schedule permitted.
They moved freely among groups of all persuasions and beliefs.
They believed and taught that we are living in the New
Age in which God’s kingdom will be established on this Earth
and perfect order in all things will once again be a reality.
Sources
Fry, Daniel W. Can God Fill Teeth The Real Facts Behind the
Miracle Ministry of Evangelist Willard Fuller. Lakemont, Ga. CSA
Press, 1970.
St. Clair, David. Psychic Healers. Garden City, N.Y. Doubleday,
1974. Rev. ed. New York Bantam, 1979.