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Leah Payne

Leah Payne is an author at Religion News Service.

All Stories by Leah Payne

Tammy Faye, a double whammy of Christian love, wins in the end

By Leah Payne — September 17, 2021
(RNS) — A new film captures her interior world but doesn’t fully explain her ingenuity and power.

Carman, beloved by ’90s evangelical kids, was a Pentecostal showman at heart

By Leah Payne and Dara Coleby Delgado — February 23, 2021
(RNS) — The wildly popular troubadour was equal parts Pentecostal flair and Disney levels of cartoonish imagination.

President Trump’s hidden religious base: Pentecostal-charismatic celebrities

By Erica Ramirez and Leah Payne — August 27, 2020
Pentecostal and charismatic celebrities like Kari Jobe and Rodney Howard-Browne may not be household names. But their movement is a key part of Donald Trump's base.
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