Elias Keach, born 1667, was the only son of Benjamin Keach, imminent Baptist preacher, and hymn-writer of England. Elias traveled to Philadelphia in 1686 when he was nineteen years old. He was at this time an ungodly young man and, for sport, deceived those he met by portraying himself as a minister of the gospel. Almost immediately, he was asked to preach, and when mostly through his sermon, stopped suddenly.
Daniel Webster Whittle was born on November 22nd, 1840, in Chicopee Falls, MA. He was named for the statesman his father greatly admired – Daniel Webster. Before the Civil War, he and his three brothers moved west to Chicago, where Whittle worked as a cashier at the Wells Fargo Bank. It was here that he committed his life to Christ. One night he was the night watchman. At midnight he says:
Benjamin Keach was born in Stokehaman, England, February 29th, 1640. He called upon Christ Jesus for salvation when he was fifteen and followed the Lord in believer’s baptism.
Frances Ridley Havergal was born at Astley, Worcestershire, England, on December 14th, 1836. Daughter of hymn writer W. H. Havergal, and youngest of six children, Frances was a bright, sunny-tempered person with a spiritually minded heart.
John M. Moore was a British Baptist minister, author, and composer born in the parish and burgh of barony of Kirkintilloch, Dunbartonshire, Scotland, on September 1, 1925. His parents were a humble Scottish couple. Character and the fear of the Lord were instilled in him by his sweet Christian mother. His sixteenth year marked even more significant growth and maturing in his life. He began working as an engineering draftsman apprentice, came to know the Lord has his personal Saviour and promptly joined the local Baptist Church.
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