Lewis Sperry Chafer, 1871- 1952, Founder of DTS
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BIO:Lewis Sperry Chafer 1871-1952 American Bible lecturer and theologian.
Lewis Sperry Chafer was born February 27, 1871, at Rock Creek, Ohio.
Graduating from Oberlin College in 1892, he studied under Dr. Frank E.
Finch and was ordained to the Presbyterian ministry in 1900. Chafer
launched into evangelism, demonstrating talent as a Gospel singer,
as well as a preacher. He toured as a renown Bible lecturer
from 1914 until 1924, when he founded Dallas Theological Seminary and
became its first president. Chafer was widely honored, receiving a D.D.
from Wheaton (1926), Litt.D., Dallas (1924), and Th.D. from the
Aix-en-Province, France, Protestant Seminary (1946). He wrote
prolifically, producing his widely-read Grace, Salvation and True
Evangelism and his monumental Systematic Theology. Through all of the
acclaim and accomplishments, his students remember best his deep
reverence for the Word and a daily, humble dependence on the Holy
Spirit. Dr. Chafer died August 22, 1952, but his work contin- ues
through his books and his students.
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