Carpenter's Way - Dr. John G. Lake

Dr. John G. Lake

God's Apostle To Africa

a vintage black & white close up portrait of evangelist Dr. John G. Lake

John Graham Lake was a Canadian-American faith healer, missionary, and leader in the Pentecostal movement of the early 20th century.


Born:            March 18, 1870

Died:            September 16, 1935

Lake's ministry focused on setting up healing campaigns in churches and divine healing rooms by casting out demons.


"One morning when I came down to breakfast, I found my appetite had disappeared. I could not eat. I went about my work as usual. At dinner I had no desire to eat, and no more in the evening. This went on till the third day. But toward the evening of the third day, an overwhelming desire to pray took possession of me. I wanted only to be alone to pray. Prayer flowed from my soul like a stream. I could not cease praying. As soon as it was possible to get to a place of seclusion, I would kneel to pour out my heart to God for hours. Whatever I was doing, that stream of prayer continued flowing from my soul ... On the night of the sixth day of this fast, that the Lord had laid on me, while in the act of washing my hands, the Spirit said, 'How long have you been praying to cast out demons?' and I replied, 'Lord a long time.' And the Spirit said, 'From henceforth, thou shalt cast out demons.' I arose and praised God."

Co-founder of the Apostolic Faith Mission of South Africa


From 1908 through 1913, Lake concentrated his missionary efforts in South Africa where he helped establish Pentecostalism as the most successful southern African religious movement of the 20th century. The Apostolic Faith Mission of South Africa currently has over 1.4 million members and is found in 29 different countries. Dr. Lake is also credited with planting 625 churches and raising 1,250 preachers in just five years.

a black and white image of John G. Lake in his later years just before his death

Lake's Faith and His Healing Ministry


"Eight years passed after God revealed Jesus the Healer to me. I had been practicing the ministry of healing. During that eight years every answer to prayer, every miraculous touch of God, every response of my own soul to the Spirit had created within me a more intense longing for an intimacy and a consciousness of God, like I felt the disciples of Jesus and the primitive church had possessed... Shortly after my entrance into the ministry of healing, while attending a service where the necessity for the Baptism of the Spirit was presented, as I knelt in prayer and reconsecration to God, an anointing of the Spirit came upon me. Waves of Holy Glory passed through my being, and I was lifted into a new realm of God's presence and power. After this, answers to prayer were frequent and miracles of healing occurred from time to time. I felt myself on the borderland of a great spiritual realm, but was unable to enter in fully, so my nature was not satisfied with the attainment..."


"The Spirit said, 'I have heard your prayers, I have seen your tears. You are now Baptized in the Holy Spirit. Then currents of power began to rush through my being from the crown of my head to the soles of my feet. The shocks of power increased in rapidity, and voltage. As these currents of power would pass through me, they seemed to come upon my head, rush through my body, and through my feet into the floor... Even at this late date, the awe of that hour rests upon my soul. My experience has truly been as Jesus said that He shall be within you 'a well of water, springing up into everlasting life.' That never-ceasing fountain has flowed through my spirit, soul, and body day, and night, bringing salvation, and healing, and the Baptism of the Spirit in the power of God to multitudes."

a black and white image of Dr. John G. Lake in a tent with other men and women hosting a divine healing room "I found that my life began to manifest in the varied range of the gifts of the Spirit. I spoke in tongues by the power of God, and God flowed through me with a new force. Healings were of a more powerful order. Oh, God lived in me; God manifested in me; God spoke through me. My spirit was energized. I had a new comprehension of God's will, a new discernment of spirit, and a new revelation of God in me. Then a new wonder manifested. My nature became so sensitized, that I could lay hands on any man, or woman, and tell what organ was diseased, and to what extent, and all about it. I tested it. I went into hospitals where physicians could not diagnose a case, touched a patient, and instantly I knew the organ that was diseased, its extent, condition, and location. And one day it passed away. A child plays with a toy, and his joy is so wonderful, he sometimes forgets to eat."


Many of Lake's books can be read by clicking:    Books by Dr. John G. Lake