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Moore, Barry (1925- )

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  • 10 November 1925-

Dr. Edwin Barry Moore, generally known as Barry Moore or E. Barry Moore, was born in London, Ontario on 10 November 1925. He attended primary and secondary school in London. Before being drafted into the military, he briefly considered playing professional baseball. When he was given the choice between post-secondary education and military service, he spent a year at London Normal School. In 1945 he began teaching primary school in London, and the following year began a B.A. at the University of Western Ontario (UWO). In 1947 he began volunteering with Youth for Christ (YFC). A year later he married Audrey Snelgrove, whom he met at Wortley Church in London. Over the next decade they had three children, Kerry Jane, Barry Mark (Mark), and Timothy Lee (Tim).
In 1950 Moore took over full-time leadership of the London YFC. In 1951 he graduated from UWO with a degree in education, after six years of extension and extra-annual study. During the 1950s he investigated the possibility of serving in France with Greater Europe Mission, having traveled to France in 1950, 1952, and 1953. With this in mind, he left YFC in 1956 to pursue studies at Columbia Bible School, Columbia, SC (now Columbia International University) from which he graduated in 1958 with an M.A. in Biblical Education and Missions. The Moore family moved from London to Columbia for these two years, returning to London after Barry’s graduation. The Greater Europe Mission board officially accepted Barry and Audrey as missionaries in 1957.
In 1959 or 1960 Moore discovered that the opportunity to serve in France in his desired capacity no longer existed. He therefore began Crusade Evangelism of Canada, the first inter-denominational Canadian-based evangelistic association. He travelled throughout Canada and the United States conducting “crusades”—multiple-day and sometimes week-long events involving music and preaching. In 1967, the organization became Crusade Evangelism International (C. E. I.), reflecting the widening geographical scope of its efforts. That same year, C. E.I. produced an award-winning gospel film featuring Barry, Man of Steel, in association with Ken Anderson Films. In 1971 C. E. I. hired an associate evangelist, Alf Rees, who also conducted crusades. The organization’s first major overseas thrust was a three-month mission to India and Sri Lanka in 1973. In 1976 C. E. I. opened an office in the United States, led by Howard Brenneman.
In 1977 Moore received an honourary Doctor of Divinity from Winnipeg Theological Seminary for his work in evangelism. In 1979 the first Barry Moore School of Evangelism, an occasional week-long seminar, took place. On 16 October 1981Crusade Evangelism International became Barry Moore Ministries Inc. When Alf Rees returned to the pastorate in 1982, Walter DeSousa assumed the position of associate evangelist, which he occupied until 1990. In 1989 Moore was named a Distinguished Alumnus of Columbia International University. He continued hholding crusades both overseas and at home until his retirement in 2011.
Upon his retirement, Barry Moore Ministries endowed a Chair of Preaching and Evangelism at Ambrose University in Calgary, AB, for the purpose of “promoting and resourcing the vital function of biblically-based preaching and evangelism in the 21st century.” Moore’s youngest son, Tim Moore, serves at Ambrose as Associate Professor of Youth Ministry and Director of Field Education.
Notable members of Barry’s crusade ministry have included J. D. Blackwood, Lyall Conlin, Harvey Schroeder, Herb Bock, Don Jost, Don Kroening, Ken Baer, Ken Carter, Steve Boalt, Bernard Camper, Art Perri, John Laari, and Barry’s son Mark Moore.
Altogether, Barry Moore has conducted over 700 evangelistic crusades in more than 50 countries, and his publications have been translated into several foreign languages. Hence his nickname, “the Canadian Billy Graham.”

Frost, James (1931- )

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  • 1931-

The Rev. James Frost was born on 18 July 1931 in New Brunswick. He attended Canadian Bible College (then Western Canadian Bible Institute) in Regina, Sask. from 1953-1957. There he met and married his wife, Loreen (Galenzoski), with whom he had five children. During their ministerial career Rev. and Mrs. Frost pastored a number of Christian and Missionary Alliance Churches: Wheatley, Ont. (1957-1960); Thorold, Ont. (1960-1963); St. John, N. B. (1963-1968); Montréal, P.Q. (Alliance Community Church Pie IX, 1968-1971), Midland, Ont. (1971-1982), and Gibbons, Alta. (Sturgeon Alliance Church, 1982-1995). Rev. Frost also served as a member of the Eastern and Central Canadian District Ordaining Council, the Director of Maritime Alliance Family Camp, and the member of a committee that organized the sponsorship of Vietnamese boat people. He currently resides in Edmonton, Alta.

Simpson, A. B. (Albert Benjamin) 1843-1919

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  • 15 December 1843-29 October 1919

A. B. Simpson was a pastor, hymn writer, author, educator, and magazine editor who founded The Christian and Missionary Alliance. He was born in Bay View, Prince Edward Island on 15 December 1843 and was baptized in 1844, in the Cavendish (P.E.I.) Presbyterian Church by John Geddie, a Presbyterian missionary. His family moved to Chatham, Ontario in 1847. He was converted in 1858, and in 1861 wrote a "covenant" in which he dedicated himself to God. From 1861 to 1865 he attended Knox College in Toronto. In 1865, after graduating from Knox, Simpson received a call to Knox Presbyterian Church in Hamilton, Ont. He accepted the call, and that same year married Margaret Henry (1841-1924), with whom he had six children.

In 1873 he accepted a call to Chestnut Street Presbyterian Church in Louisville, Kentucky. The following year he experienced "the baptism of the Holy Ghost" after reading W. E. Boardman's The Higher Christian Life. In 1879 he became pastor of Thirteenth Street Presbyterian Church in New York City. During this pastorate he began editing his own missionary magazine, The Gospel in All Lands, which lasted from February 1880 to October 1881. In 1881 he experienced physical healing from a heart condition and was baptized by immersion. That year, increasingly at odds with his upper-class congregation, he resigned his pastorate in order to devote his ministerial efforts to “the poor and neglected masses.”

His efforts led to the founding of the Gospel Tabernacle in 1882, the same year in which he began publishing The Word the Work and the World, a periodical for the promotion of missions and "the higher Christian life," that later became the official organ of The Christian and Missionary Alliance. By 1883, the newly-incorporated Gospel Tabernacle had grown to the point where it could launch its own missionary sending society, the Missionary Union for the Evangelization of the World. It also opened a "home for Faith and Physical Healing" ( renamed the Berachah Home in 1884) and began the New York Missionary Training College (now Nyack College and Alliance Theological Seminary) which graduated its first students in 1884. That year the Missionary Union sent out its first missionaries (to what is now the Democratic Republic of the Congo) and Simpson organized his first conference for the promotion of evangelism, the deeper life, and missions. The Friday evening services at the conference were dedicated to holiness and physical healing.

Simpson encapsulated his movement's teaching in the phrase "Christ our Savior, Sanctifier, Healer, and Coming King," which became known as "the Fourfold Gospel".

In 1887, he founded the Evangelical Missionary Alliance (EMA). Its major object was "to carry the Gospel 'to all nations', with special reference to the need of the destitute and unoccupied fields." It sought "to unite all Christians of evangelical denominations in its work." The organization’s name was changed to the International Missionary Alliance on its incorporation in November 1887 (Alliance Yearbook 1888, p. 52-55).

That year he also founded the Christian Alliance as a "fraternal union of believers in cordial harmony with evangelical Christians of every name." It was responsible to hold annual conventions and form local "branches". These were intended as fellowships, not as churches, for the purpose of bearing testimony to the Fourfold Gospel, diffusing its truths, providing community for those who believed them, and praying for the evangelization of the world. (Alliance Yearbook 1888, p. 48-51).

On 31 March 1897, the boards of the two organizations authorized a merger; it was made law on 1 April 1897 by a special act of the New York legislature and ratified by a special convention held 14-18 April at the Gospel Tabernacle. The aims of the newly-minted Christian and Missionary Alliance combined those of the original bodies: (as stated in the Fraternal Letter that resulted from the 1898 annual convention) the C&MA was "to preach a full Gospel at home and send missionaries; to carry the same glad tidings to the unevangelized regions beyond; to preserve our non-sectarian and interdenominational attitude; to study to confine the [administrative] machinery to that which is necessary…." (Pardington, George P. Twenty-five Wonderful Years, p. 74, 75).

In October 1897 the Missionary Training College relocated to Nyack New York, a town about 30 km. from New York City., and was renamed the Nyack Missionary Training Institute. Simpson and his family also moved to Nyack so that he could participate more fully in the activities of the school. He commuted daily to New York City to minister at the Gospel Tabernacle and to work at the C&MA's headquarters.

The C&MA encountered a major crisis in the decade following the beginning of the Pentecostal movement in 1906. Simpson believed that all of the charismatic gifts were available to believers, but he rejected the Pentecostal belief that glossolalia is the initial physical evidence of the baptism of the Holy Spirit. To his great sadness, many Alliance folk disagreed with him and left the C&MA for Pentecostal churches. A significant number of those who left became leaders within the Assemblies of God and other Pentecostal groups.

Despite these losses, the C&MA continued to expand, both in North America and overseas, and so the movement was strong enough to be saddened but not demoralized by Simpson's death when it came on 29 October 1919. The Alliance continued to grow under the leadership of Simpson's successor, Paul Rader (1879-1938), and subsequent leaders, so that today it numbers 6 million adherents worldwide (of whom about 600,000 are in North America).

Tozer, A. W. (Aiden Wilson) 1897-1963

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  • 21 April 1897-13 May 1963

A. W. (Aiden Wilson) Tozer is perhaps the most widely-known and influential member of the Christian and Missionary Alliance (C&MA). He was born on 21 April 1897 in La Jose (now Newburg) Pa., and died in Toronto, Ont. on 13 May 1963. He was ordained as a minister in the C&MA in 1920 and served pastorates in Toledo, Oh. (1921-23); Indianapolis, Ind. (1923-1928); Chicago, Ill (1928-1959); and Toronto, Ont. (1959-1963). He also served as vice-president of the C&MA (1946-1950) and, most significantly, as editor of the denomination’s official organ The Alliance Weekly (1950-1957) and its successor The Alliance Witness (1958-1963).

Tozer was a convinced evangelical and a staunch supporter of the ideals of the C&MA. His first book, Wingspread: Albert B. Simpson, a Study in Spiritual Altitude (Harrisburg, Ps.: Christian Publications, 1943) was a spiritual biography of the founder of the Alliance. Although loyal to the Alliance, Tozer had an ecumenical spirit. He felt a sense of spiritual community with all true Christians, regardless of their denominational affiliation.

Regarded by many of his admirers as a prophet, Tozer exerted an influence that extended beyond evangelicalism and beyond North America through his insightful books and editorials on the spiritual life. His writings reveal a mystical approach to the Christian life that was founded on his love of the Christian spiritual classics. He was in great demand as a speaker, and during the 1950’s many of his sermons were broadcast over Chicago’s WMBI radio. Tozer wrote nine books during his lifetime, the most influential of which were The Pursuit of God (1948) and The Knowledge of the Holy (1961). An additional twenty volumes of his sermons and editorials have been published since his death. For further biographical information see Fant, David J. A. W. Tozer: A Twentieth Century Prophet (Harrisburg, Pa.: Christian Publications, 1964).

Reynolds, Lindsay (1920-2005)

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  • 1920-2005

Lindsay Reynolds (1920-2005), an engineer from Toronto, was a member of an Alliance church from 1935 until his death. His two books Footprints: The Beginnings of The Christian and Missionary Alliance in Canada (Toronto: The Christian and Missionary Alliance in Canada, 1982) and Rebirth: The Redevelopment of the Christian and Missionary Alliance in Canada (Willowdale, Ont.: The Christian and Missionary Alliance in Canada, 1992) chronicle the history of the Christian and Missionary Alliance (C&MA) in Canada from its inception as the Dominion Auxiliary of The Christian and Missionary Alliance in 1889, to its absorption by the American parent body in 1897, to its autonomy in 1981, to its subsequent development in the late 1980’s.

Post, Viola Mae (1903-1998)

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  • 3 September 1903-2 July 1998

Viola Mae Post (nee Griebenow) was born in Minnesota on 3 September 1903 and died on 2 July 1998. Ms. Post became a Christian when she was 12. During her teenage years her family moved to Salem, Oregon, and after a few years she began attending Simpson Bible Institute in Seattle, Washington. She finished her studies at the Missionary Training Institute. While there, she applied for missionary service. She had initially wanted to serve in China and Tibet but when presented with two possibilities for service, China or the Netherlands East Indies, she chose the latter field. She departed in September 1931 to assist Dr. R. A. Jaffray in the C&MA’s Netherlands East Indies field office. There she met Walter Post, and a year later they were married.

The Posts worked in East Borneo (Kalimantan) for a year and then were sent to Makassar to work in the Bible school there. After their first furlough, they pioneered a mission effort in New Guinea (Irian Jaya), but in 1943, with the advance of the Japanese forces, they were evacuated to Australia. While there, they were asked by the Netherlands Forces Intelligence Service to assist in translation and interrogation work.

They were flown to Makassar in September 1945 to assist in post war rehabilitation. For the next few years Walter served as chairman of the field and taught in the Bible school. In 1952 the Posts were able to return to New Guinea (Irian Jaya) and work in the Bible school there. They ended their missionary service in 1972.

Roffe, Thelma Wilhelmine (1907-1999)

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  • 1907-1999

Thelma Wilhelmine Roffe was the wife and co-worker of Christian and Missionary Alliance missionary to Laos, G. E. Roffe.

George Edward "Ed" Roffe was born in Toronto on February 1, 1905. His father was A.W. Roffe, an influential pastor who served as superintendent of the District of Canada for the Christian and Missionary Alliance from 1919 to 1925.

After graduating from McMaster University and Nyack Missionary College, Roffe was appointed by the Christian and Missionary Alliance (C&MA) to serve as a missionary in French Indochina. In 1928, while studying in France in preparation for travel to Southeast Asia, he was directed by the C&MA to pioneer a new field among the tribal peoples of northern Laos. In 1929, he became the first resident Protestant missionary in north Laos, settling in the city of Luang Prabang. Soon after, Roffe brought his new bride, and recent Nyack graduate, Thelma Wilhelmine Mole (1907-1999) to live and serve there with him.

While on Furlough during World War II, Ed and Thelma Roffe attended two sessions of Wycliffe’s Summer Institute of Linguistics (SIL). Ed Roffe also took advantage of the delay which the war posed to earn his wings, and upon returning to Laos in 1947 became the first missionary pilot in the area. In addition to their ongoing direct evangelistic efforts and administrative duties, the Roffes were also given the responsibility of running a Bible College tasked with raising up indigenous leaders. In 1950, a young student from this school by the name of Kheng was instrumental in sparking a mass movement among the mountain tribal people of northern Laos, which saw whole villages come to Christ in a matter of days. This revival precipitated the formal incorporation of the national church in northern Laos. The “Evangelical Church of Laos” held its first assembly in 1957, with pastor Saly (the first Laotian ordained by the Alliance) as the first president.

In 1951, the Roffes were transferred to the city of Vientiane. After returning to Laos in 1955 from an extended furlough, during which Ed Roffe was able to complete graduate studies in Linguistics at Cornell University, the Roffes were assigned to engage full time in the ministry of translation and literature. In a ten year period they were able to turn out approximately 100 titles, some of them original. Ed Roffe was eventually freed from his other duties to work exclusively on translating into Lao a new version of the New Testament, complete with cross-references, a glossary, a dictionary of unfamiliar terms and a limited concordance. The completed work was presented to the king of Laos in late 1973.

In 1975, the communists took control of the government in Laos, and the Roffes were forced to leave the country. In all, punctuated only by war and furlough, Ed and Thelma Roffe had labored faithfully in Laos for 47 years. Upon their return to North America (Orlando, FL) their ministry to the people of Laos did not come to an end. In addition to monitoring the situation in Laos, the Roffes actively cared for Laotian refugees in their area and helped many get adjusted to North American life. During his retirement years, Ed Roffe was also actively involved in correcting, editing, or translating various documents sent to him for comment.

Ed Roffe died on 14 September 2000. He was predeceased by Thelma, who died in 1999.

Railton, Marguerite (1904-1998)

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  • 1904-1998

Marguerite Railton was born in Smithville, Ontario in 1904 to a family of five children. She also came from a Christian background. After completing high school, she took teacher’s training at Toronto Normal School in 1922-1923. After two years of teaching in a three-roomed schoolhouse in rural Ontario, she decided to return to school, and completed one year of nurse’s training. She later moved to Edmonton, where her sister Mabel and brother-in-law Gordon Skitch were ministering, and she became actively involved in their church. She later enrolled in the Prairie Bible Institute, where she became Marion Hull’s roommate.

Marion Hull was born in December 1901 in New Westminster, British Columbia. She was actively involved in the church from a young age and later moved with her family to Edmonton. She played for the Edmonton Commercial Graduates (known as “The Grads”) women’s basketball team for one year while in high school. She worked as a secretary in Edmonton and then enrolled at Prairie Bible Institute in Three Hills, Alberta in the early 1930s.
Marion and Marguerite became good friends at Prairie Bible Institute and both felt a call to the ministry during their final year. The district superintendent from the Christian and Missionary Alliance did not wish to send them out to rural areas on their own; however, once it was agreed that they would go together, their “selfless service” began. Over 36 years, they served in five rural communities: Denzil, Saskatchewan (1935-1941); Hythe, Alberta (1941-1949); Daysland, Alberta (1950-1960); Lamont, Alberta (1960-1967); and Mirror, Alberta (1967-1971). Although the Christian and Missionary Alliance did not ordain them, they were regarded as pastors/evangelists, and they actively led Sunday church services and prayer meetings. They also did home visitations and participated in Bible camps and other recruitment activities. They were well-liked in their communities, highly regarded by the Christian and Missionary Alliance, and very successful in nurturing the growth and development of the Alliance churches in the various areas in which they served.

After retiring from Mirror in 1971, Marion and Marguerite moved to Red Deer, Alberta, where they were active members of the Red Deer Alliance Church for 20 years. They moved to Calgary, Alberta in 1991 because of health concerns and to be closer to family. Marion passed away in 1994, and Marguerite passed away in 1998.

Dahms, John V. (1919-1998)

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  • 23 April 1919-27 November 1998

John Voelzing Dahms served as professor of New Testament at Canadian Theological College and its successor, Canadian Theological Seminary, from 1971- he became professor emeritus in 1989.

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