Biographies

Preface

God was pleased in the beginning to take up human instruments to give us by inspired, or “God-breathed” words, the only reliable account of Creation, the origin of man, the fall through sin, God’s dealings with men, and by types, shadows, and prophecies, not only proved the guilt of the human race, but God’s great Redemption through the Coming One. Outstanding servants of God were later raised up to add to the testimonies already given in the earlier books of the Bible, foretelling t...

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Preface

By Frank Holmes “Barnstaple Patriarch” Victory Press London First published in 1956 Printed in Great Britain at the Press of the Publishers Clapham Crescent, London, S.W.4. All rights reserved Preface This is the book which Dr. A. T. Pierson wanted to write. Had he done so, the public would have been presented with something far more exhaustive than is attempted in these pages. From his time to the present, Chapman has lacked a biographer. The only work of any si...

Chapter 14 Pacific Coast (1893)

After about nine years of happy and fruitful service spent in Ontario, where a number of assemblies were planted through his activities, Mr. McClure became exercised about the Far West, his brother Simpson, and sister Elizabeth, the only surviving members of his immediate family, having gone to California. This was one reason why he felt constrained to go there, to meet them again, but stronger still was the desire to carry the gospel to those parts. Starting West, he visited Chicago, fro...

Chapter 13 Andrew Fraser

Mr. James W. Smith, whose ministry had been owned of God in the North of Ireland, was called home to Heaven in 1878 at the early age of thirty-one. In the nine short- years following his conversion he had woven much for God into his life. After his death, Mr. William Matthews of Belfast, in the spring of 1879, joined up in the gospel work with brother Smith’s coworker, Mr. James Campbell, and was a true yokefellow. They labored together for eleven years and were much used of God both in Ir...

Chapter 11 The Year of Jubilee

The year 1887 was very important in Canada as well as in the British Isles, being the Jubilee of Queen Victoria, marking the fiftieth year of her reign over the vast Empire of Great Britain. Much excitement prevailed and a spirit of holiday making was seen all over the land giving good opportunities to energetic young Christians for tract distribution and open air work for the Lord. These opportunities were embraced by the evangelists laboring in Northern Ontario. In February, brethren Mc...

Chapter 10 More Pioneering In Tent Work

The work grew and spread. The evangelists were always seeking out some new place to publish the good news of salvation, and many interesting and some amusing events took place. In one place they had secured a hall, and a brother had printed a large notice to the effect: “Two men who were convicted and pardoned will preach the Gospel in this hall.” The notice was placed outside the door. Just as the people were gathering the first night, a tramp walked in, marched up to the front, sat dow...

Chapter 9 Family Sorrow

Early in the spring word reached Mr. McClure that his favorite sister, Caroline, was dying in Belfast, Ireland. This news was a shock to him, and he longed to see her again, but ordinarily it seemed impossible. Pioneer preachers had usually very little money, but just then a cheap excursion fare was advertized by a Canadian Company—only a few dollars return traveling third class. After waiting on the Lord in prayer the way was opened, and the cheap fare became within his reach. Willing to ...

Chapter 8 Breaking Up New Ground

Orillia, the largest town in that part of Northern Ontario and only 35 miles from Balsom Lake, Kirkfield and Victoria Road, had become an important center like Antioch of old, for Gospel activity. Mr. Alexander Marshall from Scotland and Mr. Richard Irving were prominent in the work. They were both young, vigorous men with one object before them, the salvation of the lost. No difficulties were too great, and no opposition was too strong to dampen the ardor of these enthusiastic evangelists. ...

Chapter 7 Going Forth To Preach

The Church at Antioch was greatly privileged by having in its midst brethren with very definite gifts from the risen Head; and while these were gathered together, as they “ministered to the Lord and fasted,” the Holy Ghost made known to them the mind of God regarding two of their number who were already outstanding in gift and usefulness. “Separate Me Barnabas and Saul for the work whereunto I have called them” (Acts 13:2). And apparently they acted immediately upon the command, for ...
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