Virginia History Series 
Historical Hall of Fame:  Harold Vinson Synan, (born December 1, 1934) is a historian and author within the Pentecostal movement.

Synan graduated from the University of Richmond with a B.A. in American
history in 1958, and in the fall of the same year began his teaching career.

From 1956 to 1962, he helped plant three churches in Virginia and from 1967 to 1974 he planted one in Georgia. From 1963 to 1975, he also taught history at his alma mater, Emmanuel College. Synan  received a full scholarship with stipend from the State of Georgia to prepare for his calling as a historian. In 1965, he
completed his M.A. and in 1967 his Ph.D. from the University of Georgia in American Social and Intellectual History.

After Pentecostal World Conf. in TX in 1970 the Society for
Pentecostal Studies was formed and Synan was elected as its first General Secretary and served as the editor of their newsletters for several years.

Synan has published several books, fifteen of which are related to Pentecostal and Charismatic history. He once served as the Director of the Holy Spirit Research Center at Oral Roberts University. He also served as General Secretary of the International Pentecostal Holiness Church. Since 1994, he has served as Dean of the School of Divinity at Regent University in Virginia Beach, Virginia.

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Major Works by H. Vinson Synan:
1968  Emmanuel College: The First Fifty Years 1919-1969
1971 The Holiness-Pentecostal Movement in the US
1973 The Old Time Power: A History of the Pentecostal Holiness Church.
1975 Charismatic Bridges.
1984 Aspects of Pentecostal-Charismatic Origins
1984 In the Latter Days: The Outpouring of the Holy Spirit in the Twentieth Century.
1987 The Twentieth-Century Pentecostal Explosion
1990  Launching the Decade of Evangelization
1992 Under His Banner: History of Full Gospel
1992 The Spirit Said ‘Grow’
1997 The Holiness-Pentecostal Tradition.
2001 The Century of the Holy Spirit: 100 Years of Pentecostal and Charismatic Renewal,
2003 Voices of Pentecost: Testimonies of Lives Touched by the Holy Spirit