O. L. Jaggers in The Preachers

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The Rev. Dr. O. L. Jaggers is mentioned several times in The Preachers, James Morris' book about the Healing Revival of the 40's and 50's. On page 58, Morris writes:

Among the visitors to [William] Branham's services were Pentecostal evangelists and pastors eager to watch the new man of miracles perform. Some had started their own healing campaigns when they first heard of the widespread public response to the Branham ministry, and they visited the services to learn as much as possible about his methods. Others came mainly to witness the miracles which had stirred so many members of their congregations; but after observing a Branham performance, they hurried home to resign their pastorates and start assembling a faith-healing team. The Reverend O. L. Jaggers attended one fo the early Branham services an later established a healing ministry that eventually became an independent church.[1]

On page 84, Morris writes:

Oral Roberts is usually described as being about 6-feet-1 and weighing around 190 pounds, of swarthy complexion with dark black hair. Often called handsome, especially in the earlier part of his career, he has also been described as "a dapper fellow with a good-natured, mobile face." Among his competitors, O. L. Jaggers, a West Coast faith healer, has also been considered very handsome, but has never been as well known as the Tulsa evangelist.[2]

On page 97, he continues:

Another of the leading preachers, Orval L. Jaggers, was also feeling the lash of criticism. Orval felt very strongly that a minister should be well-dressed and appear prosperous, and boasted of never paying less than $40 for a shirt. Flying back to his big ranch from a revival, he opened his brief case when the stewardess was passing his seat. Glimpsing the container stuffed with bills, she suggested to the pilot that he might be a bank robber. At the airport the police detained Brother Jaggers for several hours before he could convince them that the $70,000 was really his own money. There was criticism, too from many of his followers, who felt he had gone too far by identifying flying saucers as the cherubim and seraphim of the Bible. Reporters revealed that Jaggers continued to insist that, like Lazarus, he had been raised from the dead. [3]


  1. Morris, James (1973). The Preachers. St Martins Press. p. 58. ASIN B0023FDE7G. 
  2. Morris, James (1973). The Preachers. St Martins Press. p. 84. ASIN B0023FDE7G. 
  3. Morris, James (1973). The Preachers. St Martins Press. p. 97. ASIN B0023FDE7G.