Charles Alexander: Gospel Singer

 

Charles M. Alexander (1867-1920) was born near Meadow, Tenn. and educated at Maryville Academy and College. He also had some training at Washington College and served for a time as musical director for Maryville College.

He attended Moody Bible Institute and became associated with D.L. Moody during the great 1893 World's Fair Campaign in Chicago. He became a dedicated soul winner and gospel singer. He also worked with R.A. Torrey in his great world tours over Australia, India, England, Canada, and the U.S.

In 1904, He married Helen Cadbury, daughter of the president of Cadbury Chocolate Company. They  made a world tour together in 1906-7, where she reached out to women.

From 1908 on he joined forces with evangelist J. Wilbur Chapman in campaigns over Europe, Asia, and the U.S. During World War I travels took them into many camps "where they did much effective evangelistic work." They assembled an impressive team of evangelists and song leaders and took to the streets to preach Christ. The first joint campaign was held in Philadelphia from March 12 to April 19, 1908. They partitioned the city into 42 sections covered by 21 evangelist-musicians teams. They spent three weeks on each half of the city, resulting in approximately 8,000 conversions.

He supported the Pocket Testament League which Helen Cadbury founded. It became a worldwide Bible reading and Scripture distribution movement.

After conducting the last Chapman-Alexander crusade in 1918, Alexander retired to England where he died and was buried near Birmingham. "…Well done, thou good and faithful servant…" (Matt. 25:21).

Bernard R. DeRemer chronicled the lives of dozens of heroes of the faith in more than a decade of writing for Pulpit Helps Magazine. He continues to serve in this capacity as a volunteer contributor to Disciple. He lives in West Liberty, Ohio.

References:Who Was Who in Church History, by Elgin S. Moyer; excerpts used by permission of Moody Publishers; Wikipedia, "Charles McCallon Alexander", http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charles_McCallon_Alexander.

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