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March 2019

Erasmus

Desiderius Erasmus Roterodamus; 28 October 1466 – 12 July 1536), known as Erasmus or Erasmus of Rotterdam, was a Dutch Christian humanist who was the greatest scholar of the northern Renaissance. Originally trained as a Catholic priest, Erasmus was an important figure in classical scholarship who wrote in a pure Latin style. Among humanists…

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March 2019

Evan Roberts

Evan John Roberts was an Evangelist and leading figure of the 1904–1905 Welsh Revival who suffered many setbacks in his later life. His obituary in The Western Mail summed up his career thus: “He was a man who had experienced strange things. In his youth, he had seemed to hold the nation in the…

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May 2019

Frances Ridley Havergal

Frances Ridley Havergal was an English religious poet and hymnwriter. ‘Take My Life and Let it Be’ and ‘I Gave My Life for Thee’ are two of her best known hymns. She also wrote hymn melodies, religious tracts, and works for children. She did not occupy, and did not claim for herself, a prominent…

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January 2019

Francis Schaeffer

Schaeffer was born on January 30, 1912, in Germantown, Pennsylvania, to Franz A. Schaeffer III and Bessie Williamson. He was of German and English ancestry. In 1935, Schaeffer graduated magna cum laude from Hampden–Sydney College. The same year he married Edith Seville, the daughter of missionary parents who had been with the China Inland…

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July 2019

Fred Mitchell

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June 2019

George Muller

George Müller was a Christian evangelist and the director of the Ashley Down orphanage in Bristol, England. He cared for 10,024 orphans during his lifetime, and provided educational opportunities for the orphans to the point that he was even accused by some of raising the poor above their natural station in British life. He…

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January 2019

George Whitefield

George Whitefield (27 December 1714 – 30 September 1770), was an English Anglican cleric and evangelist who was one of the founders of Methodism and the evangelical movement. Born in Gloucester, he matriculated at Pembroke College at the University of Oxford in 1732. There he joined the “Holy Club” and was introduced to the…

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May 2019

Gladys Aylward

Gladys May Aylward was born in Edmonton, London, in 1902, into a working class family; her parents both worked for the Post Office. Gladys became a parlour maid, as her progress in school was not outstanding. After her conversion, she became increasingly concerned about the spiritual state of the millions of people in China…

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July 2019

Hannah More

Hannah More  was an English religious writer and philanthropist, remembered as a poet and playwright in the circle of Johnson, Reynolds and Garrick, as a writer on moral and religious subjects, and as a practical philanthropist. Born in Bristol, she taught at a school established there by her father and began writing plays. Her…

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March 2019

Henry Martyn

Henry Martyn was an Anglican priest and missionary to the peoples of India and Persia. Born in Truro, Cornwall, he was educated at Truro Grammar School and St John’s College, Cambridge. A chance encounter with Charles Simeon led him to become a missionary. He was ordained a priest in the Church of England and…

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July 2019

Henry Scougal

Henry Scougal  was a Scottish theologian, minister and author. Henry Scougal was the second son of Patrick Scougal and Margaret Wemys. His father was Bishop of Aberdeen for more than 20 years. From his infancy, Scougal was raised with religion. From his youth, Scougal spent his free hours in reading, meditation and prayer. He…

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February 2019

Horatius Bonar

Horatius Bonar, a contemporary and acquaintance of Robert Murray M’cheyne was a Scottish churchman and poet. He is principally remembered as a prodigious hymnodist. He was the son of James Bonar (1758-1821), Solicitor of Excise for Scotland, and his wife Marjory Pyott Maitland. The family lived in the Broughton district of Edinburgh, where he was educated. He came…

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