Chapman, J. Wilbur (1859–1918)
Published Online: 25 NOV 2011
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The Encyclopedia of Christian Civilization
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Thoennes, E. 2011. Chapman, J. Wilbur (1859–1918). The Encyclopedia of Christian Civilization.
- Published Online: 25 NOV 2011
Born in Yale, Illinois, J. Wilbur Chapman would no doubt be more well known if he had not been overshadowed at the beginning of his ministry by his mentor D. L. Moody, and at the end by his apprentice Billy Sunday. With degrees from Lake Forest University and Lane Seminary, he was better educated than any other evangelist of his time. His writings include over 30 books, including a 555 page biography of Moody. Some of his most notable works include Light on the Way, The Secret of a Happy Life, The Surrendered Life, Revivals and Missions, The Minister's Handicap, and Received Ye The Holy Ghost? He wrote several hymns, the most well known being “Jesus What a Friend of Sinners,” and also compiled hymnals.
- Chapman, J. Wilbur (1859–1918);
- pastor, of five churches;
- Boston and Chicago Crusades;
- Chapman's innovations in methodology, groundbreaking;
- decision cards, songfests, noon prayer meetings;
- Chapman's preaching style, dignified fatherly approach;
- evangelism, every christian's responsibility