Canadian Pentecostal Performs Rare Multi-Faith Role At Games

February 18, 2010

Author: Douglas Todd

Source: The Vancouver Sun

David Wells readily admits Pentecostal Christians are not exactly famous for leading multi-faith efforts.

After all, the Pentecostal Assemblies of Canada, which Wells heads, has close ties to the large Assemblies of God denomination in the United States, which is known for producing fire-and-brimstone televangelists such as Jimmy Swaggart, Jim Bakker and Benny Hinn, and polarizing Republican vice-presidential candidates such as Sarah Palin.

But Wells -- who has already been a chaplain at the Turin Winter Games in 2006 and the Summer Games in Athens and Beijing -- believes he's "fully qualified" to serve as the official head of multi-faith chaplaincy services at the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics.

The Pentecostal leader is in charge of coordinating the Winter Olympics for more than 40 clergy from five major religious traditions -- Christianity, Islam, Judaism, Buddhism and Hinduism.