Theresa McCracken is a naturalist, historian, writer, and cartoonist in Waldport, Oregon. Her first book of non-fiction was Holy Rollers: Murder and Madness in Oregon’s Love Cult. She first wrote about the Holy Rollers when she was a naturalist for the U.S. Forest Service, which led her to be named Pacific Northwest Region Forest Interpreter of the Year in 1994.
Edmund Creffield and the Brides of Christ Church
In 1903, Edmund Creffield, a thirty-three-year-old German immigrant and former Salvation Army captain, persuaded about twenty Salvation Army soldiers in Corvallis to join his church, the Brides of Christ. Townspeople referred to the group as Holy Rollers because they rolled on the floor for hours during their services. Holy Rollers …