Lest Oaklanders forget, Pentecostal evangelist Aimee Semple McPherson [“God’s Office Girl,” November 2011] was not the only woman from a faith-based perspective who made a substantial contribution to Oakland’s development in Christian institutions of higher learning. Abraham Ruelas, Ph.D., chair of behavioral sciences and a professor of communication and psychology at Patten University, highlights a few of these outstanding women and their religious institutions in his book Women and the Landscape of American Higher Education, Wesleyan Holiness and Pentecostal Founders (Pickwick Publications, 2010, 166 pp., $17):
Carrie Judd Montgomery: an early leading interdenominational faith healer, evangelist, missionary, author and founder of Home of Peace, a weigh station for missionaries in the Oakland hills who also ministered to “wayward” girls and orphans.
Wilma Bebe Harrison Patten: an evangelist, missionary, long-distance swimmer and “aspiring girl preacher from Detroit” who established, with eventual husband Carl Thomas Patten, Oakland Bible Institute, later Patten Bible College and now Patten University.
Violet Whitney Kiteley: An Aimee Semple McPherson devotee who catered to wide-ranging ethnicities, embraced diverse religious beliefs and advocated racial equality who started East Oakland’s Shiloh Church and later Shiloh Bible College.