Oxymoron: The Christian Hall of Fame: Inductees 28-54

Today, we continue our series on the (very) inaptly named “Christian Hall of Fame” located at Canton Baptist Temple in Canton, Ohio, as we review inductees 28-54. See the links far below for the first two posts in the series.

The names below are hyperlinked to their respective Wiki articles (in cases where a Wiki article was not available, a substitute is presented).

Jerry Falwell (1933-2007) – US – Baptist pastor and co-founder of the Moral Majority. Falwell sidetracked many Baptist fundamentalist and evangelical churches into political involvement and ecumenism.

Charles Finney (1792-1875) – US – Presbyterian-turned-Wesleyan revivalist and evangelist and a prominent leader in the Second Great Awakening. Finney is widely admired by Baptists although he problematically taught that man did not have a sinful nature, that Christians could attain “sinless holiness,” and that genuine Christians could lose their salvation.

George Fox (1624-1691) – UK – Founder of Religious Society of Friends/Quakers

Charles Fuller (1887-1968) – US – Baptist pastor, revivalist, radio broadcaster, and founder of Fuller Theological Seminary.

Jonathan Goforth (1859-1936) – Canada – Presbyterian missionary to China. Was there ever another missionary with a more appropriate surname?

Adoniram Gordon (1836-1895) – US – Baptist preacher, writer, composer, and founder of Gordon–Conwell Theological Seminary.

James Gray (1851-1935) – US – Reformed Episcopal pastor and president of Moody Bible Institute, 1904-34.

Oliver Greene (1915-1976) – US – Baptist pastor, evangelist and founder of The Gospel Hour radio ministry.

Mordecai Ham (1877-1961) – US – Baptist evangelist.

Harold Henniger (1924-2004) – US – Baptist pastor and founder of the Christian Hall of Fame. No doubt the congregation of the Canton Baptist Temple felt obligated to induct their former pastor into the hall of fame he had created.

Balthasar Hubmaier (1480-1528) – Germany/Austria – Anabaptist leader. Baptists admire the German-Swiss Anabaptist movement because of the doctrine of believer’s baptism, but the Anabaptists also held to some unorthodox beliefs.

Robert Earl Hughes (1932-1976) – US – Baptist missionary to the Philippines.

Jan Huss (1372-1415) – Bohemia/Czech Republic – Theologian, reformer, and important predecessor to Protestantism.

John Hyde (1865-1912) – US – Presbyterian missionary to India and Pakistan.

Ignatius of Antioch (50-108) – Syria/Turkey – Said to have been a disciple of John the apostle and later, bishop of Antioch.

Harry Ironside (1876-1951) – Canada-US – Theologian and pastor of Moody Church in Chicago from 1929 to 1948.

John Jasper (1812-1901) – US – Ex-slave and Baptist minister.

Bob Jones, Sr. (1883-1968) – US – Evangelist, pioneer religious broadcaster, founder of Bob Jones University, and a prominent leader of the independent fundamental Baptist movement.

Samuel Porter Jones (1847-1906) – US – Methodist revivalist and preacher.

Adoniram Judson (1788-1850) – US – Baptist missionary to Burma.

John Knox (1514-1572) – UK – Prominent early-Reformer and founder of the Presbyterian Church of Scotland.

B.R. Lakin (1901-1984) – US – Baptist preacher and evangelist. Mentor of Jerry Falwell.

R.G. Lee (1886-1978) – US – Prominent Southern Baptist Convention pastor.

David Livingstone (1813-1873) – UK – Congregationalist missionary to Africa.

Martin Luther (1483-1546) – Germany – Theologian, pastor, and one of the seminal leaders of the Protestant Reformation.

Alexander Mack (1679-1735) – Germany-Colonial America – Founder of German Baptists/Brethren.

T.T. Martin (1862-1939) – US – Baptist evangelist and a leader in the anti-evolution movement in the 1920s.

On Wednesday, we’ll review inductees 55 through 81.


This entire series can be accessed via the links below:

Oxymoron: The Christian Hall of Fame: An Introduction

Oxymoron: The Christian Hall of Fame: Inductees 1-27

Oxymoron: The Christian Hall of Fame: Inductees 28-54

Oxymoron: The Christian Hall of Fame: Inductees 55-81

Oxymoron: The Christian Hall of Fame: Inductees 82-108

14 thoughts on “Oxymoron: The Christian Hall of Fame: Inductees 28-54

    1. I was around 50% on this 2nd list also. I have a bit of an advantage because the inductees are skewed toward fundamentalist Baptists and the non-Baptists they admired (like people affiliated with Moody Church and Institute prior to 1950)

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    1. Thanks, Crissy! This “hall of fame” is definitely skewed towards American independent fundamental Baptists, so having been a part of that movement (and also being a history nerd), I was familiar with around 40% names. Reading the Wiki articles on the people I didn’t know was an education.

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