Category Archives: Biographies

FRANCES RIDLEY HAVERGAL, THE CONSECRATION POET (Biography)

The beauty of a consecrated Christian life has probably never been more perfectly revealed than in the life of Frances Ridley Havergal. To read the story of her life is not only an inspiration, but it discloses at once the … Continue reading

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Phoebe Palmer (1807-1874) and Holiness Theology

Born Phoebe Worrall on Dec. 11, 1807 in NYC to devout Methodist parents. In 1827 she married Walter Clarke Palmer, a twenty-four year old physician who was also a devout Methodist. Despite her lifelong piety, Palmer had not experienced the … Continue reading

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The Power of a Consecrated Life Lived Out in The Ministry of Miss Lottie Moon by Daniel L. Akin

Charlotte Digges “Lottie” Moon was a Southern Baptist missionary to China who spent nearly forty years living and working in China. Introduction Lottie Moon was born Charlotte (Lottie) Diggs Moon on December 12, 1840, in Albemarie County, Virginia. She entered … Continue reading

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Anna Reinhard Zwingli by Norma Tochijara

Affectionately referred by her husband as “his dearest housewife” Anna was the beloved wife of Ulrich Zwingli. Shedding much light into the charitable heart of this gentle soul, Anna was also warmly regarded by the people as, “the apostolic Dorcas.” Born … Continue reading

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Katherina Schutz Zell by Christina Langella

Ever since I was ten years old I have been a student and sort of church mother, much given to attending sermons. I have loved and frequented the company of learned men, and I conversed much with them, not about … Continue reading

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THE FANNY CROSBY OF SWEDEN AND THE PIETISTS (Lina Sandell)

As will be noted in a subsequent chapter, the Nineteenth century witnessed the phenomenon of gifted Christian women assuming a place of primary importance among the foremost hymn-writers of the Church. Just as England had its Charlotte Elliott and Frances … Continue reading

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AN INVALID WHO BLESSED THE WORLD (Charlotte Elliott)

“Just as I am” will doubtlessly be sung to the end of time, and as often as Christians sing it they will praise God and bless the memory of the woman who wrote it—Charlotte Elliott. This hymn will have a … Continue reading

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AMERICA’S FIRST WOMAN HYMNIST (Phoebe H. Brown)

Less than twenty years after Timothy Dwight’s hymns were published, a very poor and unpretentious American woman began to write lyrics that have been treasured by the Church until this present day, nor will they soon be forgotten. Her name … Continue reading

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SARAH ADAMS AND THE RISE OF WOMEN HYMN-WRITERS

Nineteenth century hymnody was characterized by an extraordinary number of women hymn-writers. It is significant that this development came, as we have noted in a previous chapter, with the great spiritual revivals which aroused evangelical Europe and America from 1800 … Continue reading

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AN ARCHBISHOP’S WIFE WHO WROTE HYMNS (Cecil F. Alexander)

Shortly before the death in 1911 of Archbishop William Alexander, primate of the Anglican Church in Ireland, he remarked that he would be remembered as the husband of the woman who wrote “The roseate hues of early dawn” and “There … Continue reading

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