People: Minister, 7

In Peoria, Ill., Rev. Dr. Beryl Gilbert Drake, an evangelist trained under Aimee Semple McPherson, runs Trinity Tabernacle, speaks over the radio, publishes a weekly paper for his devoted flock. As head of Trinity Tabernacle Corp. he is entitled under an Illinois charter to ordain ministers. One night last week 1.500 people packed Trinity Tabernacle to behold Evangelist Drake perform his 15th ordination. While the candidate knelt before him the evangelist spoke routine words of blessing. Then Dr. Drake lifted the newly created minister to a chair behind the pulpit and a middle-aged...

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