Wilbur Voliva

From Kook Science

Wilbur Voliva
Wilbur Voliva - portrait.jpg

c. 1921

Born 10 March 1870(1870-03-10)
Fountain County, Illinois
Died 11 October 1942 (72) [1]
Chicago, Illinois
Alma mater Union Christian College, Merom [Indiana] (1889-1894)
Affiliations Christian Catholic Church of Zion
Spouse(s) Ida [Emanuelson]

Wilbur Glenn Voliva (March 10, 1870 - October 11, 1942) was an American evangelical and political leader, successor of John Alexander Dowie as General Overseer of the Christian Catholic Church of Zion (from 1906) and leader of Zion, Illinois. Voliva was noted in the popular press for his broadcast proponency of Flat Earth theorem and proclamations of apocalyptic prophecy.

Selected Bibliography

  • Voliva, Wilbur Glenn (19??), Doctors and Drugs, Surgeons and Knives, Zion City, Ill.: Christian Catholic Apostolic Church in Zion 
  • Voliva, Wilbur Glenn (1912), The Times of Restoration of All Things, Zion City, Ill.: Zion Printing and Publishing House 
  • Voliva, Wilbur Glenn (1919), The Mask Torn Off Rodney B. Swift, Representative of the Eighth Senatorial District of the State of Illinois, Ringleader of the Anarchists of the Illinois State Legislature at Springfield Who Propose to Investigate Voliva and His Religion... The Story of Swift's Indictment... The Story of Poor Widow Lottridge, Zion City, Ill.: Zion Pub. House 

Voliva was also editor-in-chief and a contributor to the Leaves of Healing and Final Warning church magazines.

Press Coverage







  1. "Illinois Deaths and Stillbirths, 1916-1947," database, FamilySearch ( : 27 December 2014), Wilbur Glen Voliva, 11 Oct 1942; Public Board of Health, Archives, Springfield; FHL microfilm 1,953,840.