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Henry Clay Morrison, 1857-1942, Evangelist

Written by: Unknown    Posted on: 03/13/2003

Category: Biographies

Source: CCN

Henry Clay Morrison 1857-1942 H.C. Morrison was born in Barren County, Kentucky. His par- ents died when he was very young, and he was reared in his grandfather's home. The rugged religious atmosphere and the constant spirit of revival throughout the bluegrass region made a profound impression upon him and awakened within his soul a consciousness of his need of Christ and the assurance of deliverance from sin.         About the age of 11, he was converted and soon after felt the call to the ministry. Although he made no attempt to preach for about eight years, he was much occupied with church work. At the age of 19 he was licensed to preach and demonstrated the validity of his call in his work as circuit rider and station pastor. As a young man, he was called to one of the most responsible Methodist churches in Kentucky. In 1890 he left the pastorate and gave himself to the work of evangelism and the publication of a religious paper called The Old Methodist, which later became The Herald.         Morrison's evangelistic leadership in Methodism grew rapidly from Kentucky to most of the other states and many foreign lands. A contemporary said of him, "To him was given by God a heart to move the multitude, a mind to think God's thoughts, and a voice to rouse his century, his church, and his country." The camp meeting became one of his chief in- struments, and perhaps no other man ever gave more time or effective leadership to this phase of evangelism than he.         In addition to this, he served as president of Asbury College from 1910 to 1925, and from 1933 to 1940. He was in- strumental in founding Asbury Theological Seminary in 1923. William Jennings Bryan said, "I regard H.C. Morrison the greatest pulpit orator on the American continent." And, at Morrison's death in 1942, it was written of him, "A tall tree has fallen in the forest, but it went down with a great shout of victory." He died as he lived--in the midst of a campaign for souls.

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