In scholarship and ministry, he argued for an expansive and expanding Spirit-filled Christianity across traditions. Vinson Synan, one of the first historians of Pentecostalism and a powerful advocate for the breadth and depth of the Pentecostal movement, died on Sunday. He was 85. Synan was a professionally trained historian with a doctorate from the University of Georgia. He was the son of a Pentecostal pastor who himself became a Pentecostal pastor and eventually the assistant general superintendent of the International Pentecostal Holiness Church (IPHC). He sometimes experienced a “tug of war” between his scholarly and religious commitments, Synan wrote in…