John G. Lake (1870-1935) was born in Ontario, Canada. While he was still a child, his parents moved to the United States. At the age of twenty-one, he became a Methodist minister, but chose to start a newspaper instead of accepting a church ministry. When his wife suffered from a prolonged, life-threatening illness, she was miraculously delivered under the ministry of John Alexander Dowie in April 1898. This experience forever altered the direction of John G. Lake's life and ministry. In 1907, Lake closed his bank account, gave away all his money and real estate, and began an independent evangelistic work by preaching Christ, healing the sick, and baptizing new believers. Lake is probably best remembered for his missionary efforts in South Africa, but his ministry in the United States was also powerful. One hundred thousand healings were recorded in five years at the Divine Healing Rooms he established in Spokane, Washington.