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Reuben Archer Torrey

Evangelist, pastor, and writer
Born 28 January 1856
Hoboken, New Jersey
Died 26 October 1928
Asheville, North Carolina

Reuben Archer Torrey (28 January, 1856 – 26 October, 1928), was an American evangelist, pastor, educator, and writer.

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Biography

Torrey was born in Hoboken, New Jersey, on 28 January 1856. He graduated from Yale University in 1875 and Yale Divinity School in 1878. Following graduation, Torrey became a Congregational minister in Garrettsville, Ohio, in 1878, marrying Clara Smith there in October 1879. From 1881 to 1893, the Torreys had five children.

After further studies of theology at Leipzig University and Erlangen University in 1882–1883, Torrey joined Dwight L. Moody in his evangelistic work in Chicago in 1889, and became superintendent of the Bible Institute of the Chicago Evangelization Society (now Moody Bible Institute). Five years later, he became pastor of the Chicago Avenue Church (now The Moody Church) in 1894.

In 1898, Torrey served as a chaplain with the YMCA at Camp Chicamauga during the Spanish-American War. Later, during World War I, he performed similar service at Camp Bowie (a POW camp in Texas) and Camp Kearny.

In 1902–1903, he preached in nearly every part of the English-speaking world and with song leader Charles McCallon Alexander conducted revival services in Great Britain from 1903 to 1905. During this period, he also visited China, Japan, Australia, and India. Torrey conducted a similar campaign in American and Canadian cities in 1906–1907. Throughout these campaigns, Torrey utilized a meeting style that he borrowed from Moody's campaigns of the 1870s.

On June 20, 1907, he was honored with a doctorate degree from Wheaton College. In 1912, he served as Dean of Bible Institute of Los Angeles (now Biola University) and, in 1915, pastor of the Church of the Open Door, Los Angeles.

His last evangelistic meeting was in Florida in 1927. Future planned meetings were canceled because of his failing health. He died at home in Asheville, North Carolina, on October 26, 1928, having preached the world over and having left a legacy of over forty books. Torrey Auditorium, for decades the main auditorium at Moody Bible Institute, was named in his honor.

Biola

Torrey served as the first academic dean of what is now known as Biola University. During his term, in addition to his duties as dean he was also a regular contributor to The King's Business.

The Torrey Honors Institute is named in his honor, as well as Biola's annual Bible conference.

Bibliography

  • How I Bring Men to Christ, (1893)
  • Baptism with the Holy Spirit, (1895)
  • How to Study the Bible with Greatest Profit, (1896)
  • How to Pray, (E-text)
  • What the Bible Teaches, (1898)
  • Divine Origin of the Bible, (1899)
  • How to Promote and Conduct a Successful Revival, (1901)
  • How to Work for Christ, (1901)
  • Revival Addresses, (1903)
  • Studies in the Life and Teachings of our Lord, (1909)
  • The Fundamentals: a Testimony to the Truth Editor, (four volumes) ISBN 0-8010-8809-7
  • The Person & Work of the Holy Spirit
  • The Baptism with the Holy Spirit
  • The Importance and Value of Proper Bible Study
  • How to Succeed in the Christian Life
  • Talks to Men About the Bible and the Christ of the Bible, (1904)
  • The Gospel for Today
  • Real Salvation and Whole-Hearted Service
  • The Fundamental Doctrines of the Christian Faith
  • Torrey's Topical Textbook

References

External links

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Reuben Archer Torrey
Born 28 January, 1856
Hoboken, New Jersey
Died 26 October, 1928
Asheville, North Carolina

Reuben Archer Torrey (28 January, 1856 – 26 October, 1928), was an American evangelist, pastor, educator, and writer.

Contents

Biography

Torrey was born in Hoboken, New Jersey, on 28 January, 1856. He graduated from Yale University in 1875 and Yale Divinity School in 1878. Following graduation, Torrey became a Congregational minister in Garrettsville, Ohio, in 1878, marrying Clara Smith there in October 1879. From 1881 to 1893, the Torreys had five children.

After further studies of theology at Leipzig University and Erlangen University in 1882–1883, Torrey joined Dwight L. Moody in his evangelistic work in Chicago in 1889, and became superintendent of the Bible Institute of the Chicago Evangelization Society (now Moody Bible Institute). Five years later, he became pastor of the Chicago Avenue Church (now The Moody Church) in 1894.

In 1898, Torrey served as a chaplain with the YMCA at Camp Chicamauga during the Spanish-American War. Later, during World War I, he performed similar service at Camp Bowie (a POW camp in Texas) and Camp Kearny.

In 1902–1903, he preached in nearly every part of the English-speaking world and with song leader Charles McCallon Alexander conducted revival services in Great Britain from 1903 to 1905. During this period, he also visited China, Japan, Australia, and India. Torrey conducted a similar campaign in American and Canadian cities in 1906–1907. Throughout these campaigns, Torrey utilized a meeting style that he borrowed from Moody's campaigns of the 1870s.

On June 20, 1907, he was honored with a doctorate degree from Wheaton College. In 1912, he served as Dean of Bible Institute of Los Angeles (now Biola University) and, in 1915, pastor of the Church of the Open Door, Los Angeles.

His last evangelistic meeting was in Florida in 1927. Future planned meetings were canceled because of his failing health. He died at home in Asheville, North Carolina, on October 26, 1928, having preached the world over and having left a legacy of over forty books. Torrey Auditorium, for decades the main auditorium at Moody Bible Institute, was named in his honor.

Biola

Torrey served as the first academic dean of what is now known as Biola University. During his term, in addition to his duties as dean he was also a regular contributor to The King's Business.

The Torrey Honors Institute is named in his honor, as well as Biola's annual Bible conference.

Bibliography

  • How I Bring Men to Christ, (1893)
  • Baptism with the Holy Spirit, (1895)
  • How to Study the Bible with Greatest Profit, (1896)
  • How to Pray, (E-text)
  • What the Bible Teaches, (1898)
  • Divine Origin of the Bible, (1899)
  • How to Promote and Conduct a Successful Revival, (1901)
  • How to Work for Christ, (1901)
  • Revival Addresses, (1903)
  • Studies in the Life and Teachings of our Lord, (1909)
  • The Fundamentals: a Testimony to the Truth Editor, (four volumes) ISBN 0-8010-8809-7
  • The Person & Work of the Holy Spirit
  • The Baptism with the Holy Spirit
  • The Importance and Value of Proper Bible Study
  • How to Succeed in the Christian Life
  • Talks to Men About the Bible and the Christ of the Bible, (1904)
  • The Gospel for Today
  • Real Salvation and Whole-Hearted Service
  • The Fundamental Doctrines of the Christian Faith
  • Torrey's Topical Textbook

References

External links


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