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C. T. Studd

2 December 1860 - 16 July 1931


Charles Thomas Studd, often known as C. T. Studd, was a British missionary, a contributor to The Fundamentals, and a cricketer.

In 1888, he married Priscilla Stewart, and their marriage produced four daughters, and two sons (who died in infancy).

As a British Protestant Christian missionary to China he was part of the Cambridge Seven, and later was responsible for setting up the Heart of Africa Mission which became the Worldwide Evangelisation Crusade (now WEC International). As a cricketer, he played for England in the 1882 match won by Australia, which was the origins of The Ashes.

A poem he wrote, “Only One Life, ‘Twill Soon Be Past”, has become famous to many who are unaware of its author.

  • Born: 2 December 1860, Spratton, Northampton
  • Died: 16 July 1931, Ibambi, Belgian Congo
  • Family: Married to Priscilla and had four daughters and two sons
  • Notable Works: Only One Life, 'Twill Soon Be Past poem


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