Kuhlman, Kathryn (1907–1976)
Well-known Christian healer of the United States. Kuhlman
was born on May 7, 1907, in Concordia, Missouri. At age 13,
she had a religious experience and felt a strong call to the ministry.
Though she could not find a church that would accept
her, Kuhlman dropped out of school and at age 15 started
preaching. She eventually became an itinerant evangelist traveling
throughout the midwestern states.
Her first healing took place while she preached in Franklin,
Pennsylvania, in 1946. A woman stood up and gave testimony
that she had been cured of a tumor. From 1947 on, Kuhlman
held regular services in the Carnegie Auditorium at Pittsburgh,
where a number of cases of miraculous healing were reported
during her ministry. She held services at the Carnegie Auditorium
for 20 years before transferring to the First Presbyterian
Church in downtown Pittsburgh.
During her services she would speak with simplicity and
emotional sincerity and become transformed by what she called
the Holy Spirit. Members of the congregation reported a feeling
of power building up, with a healing effect. At this point
Kuhlman would become clairvoyantly aware of various diseases
and symptoms of ill health, which she would locate and ‘‘rebuke’’
from her place on the stage. ‘‘To my right in the first balcony,
somebody is being healed of diabetes. . . . a growth has
disappeared. It’s a man up there in the top balcony.’’ Kuhlman
spoke rapidly in a kind of transported trancelike condition. She
later revealed that she experienced out-of-the-body travel during
the healing segments of her services.
She often introduced medical doctors into her programs,
some of whom confirmed the reality of her miraculous cures,
although one physician, William Nolen, attacked the validity of
the healings.
Kuhlman died in Tulsa, Oklahoma, February 20, 1976, following
open-heart surgery.
Sources
Kuhlman, Kathryn. I Believe in Miracles. New York PrenticeHall,
1962.
———. Nothing Is Impossible With God. Englewood Cliffs,
N.J. Prentice-Hall, 1974.
Nolen, William. Healing A Doctor in Search of a Miracle. New
York Random House, 1975.
Spraggett, Allen. Kathryn Kuhlman The Woman Who Believes
in Miracles. New York Thomas Y. Crowell, 1970. Reprint, New
York New American Library, 1971.