JUDD MONTGOMERY 1858-1946
Carrie Judd Montgomery
Carrie Judd Montgomery was one of the most
influential and effective ministries amongst the early healing
movement in the United States. Born in Buffalo, New York,
USA in 1848, the fourth of eight children, Carrie enjoyed
the benefits of a loving home and an Episcopal church where
she received a strong foundation in Christian principles.
At 11 years of age she committed her life to Christ and was
later confirmed in her local church.
After a fall on ice in her late teens she
became an invalid and was not expected to live. She suffered
from hyperaesthesia making her extremely sensitive to touch,
movement, light, or sound. Her blankets were unbearable, even
the movement caused by someone walking into her room would
cause excruciating pain. Despite good medical help nothing
It was then that she read W. W. Patton's
book "Remarkable Answers to Prayer" which assured
her that God could answer prayer for healing. Two years later
her father read about a woman who had been healed of tuberculosis
in Connecticut. Her name was Sarah Mix and she was a Negro
holiness preacher. New York was a long way from home so they
corresponded and agreed to join in prayer at a specific date
Carrie was miraculously healed. Soon her
physical sensitivity diminished and she felt "enfolded
in an atmosphere of holy awe and glory". She improved
dramatically and was shortly eating and walking normally.
Her two years of intense struggle were over and she walked
with a new sense of the presence of God.
The story of her healing was published in
a local paper, the Buffalo Commercial Advertiser, on October
20, 1880. So great was its reception that she wrote her testimony
as ‘The Prayer of Faith’ (1880) and distributed
it everywhere. Letters from those with various sicknesses
began to flood in, pleading for her prayers for their healing.
Her miraculous healing brought her into the
leadership circle of the growing faith movement, which was
beginning to believe and practice the healing ministry. She
became friends with many prominent ministers like A.B. Simpson,
Charles Cullis, A.J. Gordon, W.E. Boardman, Maria Woodworth-Etter
and Mrs Michael Baxter of London, and spoke on their platforms.
In 1890 she moved to Oakland, California
and married a wealthy businessman, George S. Montgomery. George
had been healed when prayed for by John Alexander Dowie in
1888 and was a great supporter of divine healing. Together
they established the ‘Home of Peace,’ in 1893,
as a place of rest for missionaries. They also shipped missionary
belongings and supplies from this facility. In addition they
opened an orphanage in 1895 where they had an average of 50
children until 1908. They also started an annual camp meeting
at ‘Elim Groves’ at Cazadera where many notable
Pentecostal leaders spoke, including Smith Wigglesworth in
1914. They also began a missionary training school.
She wrote a number of books including her
autobiography, Under His Wings, in 1936, but her greatest
literary achievement was as editor of the Triumphs of Faith.
Its emphasis was on holiness at first but that was soon to
change. She received her Pentecostal baptism in 1908, and
made a worldwide tour observing the Pentecostal outpouring.
Upon her return, she began publishing articles that reported
the move of the Spirit around the world. Though holiness was
never neglected, the ministry of the Spirit became the major
focus of the publication, which was sent all over the States
and eventually the world.
George died in 1930 and Carrie on June 26,
Bibliography: Wayne E. Warner art. 'International
Dictionary of Pentecostal and Charismatic Movements'