A Pearl Howard Welshimer Precis

Welshimer portrait, New Living Pulpit

Pearl Howard Welshimer was born in York, Ohio 6 April 1873 and died 16 August 1957 in Canton, Ohio.

Educated at Hiram College (graduated 1897) near Cleveland, Ohio, his ministerial legacy is in Canton, Ohio, where he led First Christian Church to become one of the first true megachurches in the Restoration Movement.

Claude Spencer (An Author Catalog of Disciples of Christ and Related Religious Groups. Canton: Disciples of Christ Historical Society, 1946. 347-348) lists the following items from P. H. Welshimer’s pen:

A Bible school vision…Cincinnati, Standard, c1909. 123p. (Training for service series)

Concerning the disciples; a brief resume of the movement to restore the New Testament church. Cincinnati, Standard, c1935. 205p.

The dissolution of the United Christian missionary society.  n.p., n.d.

Facts concerning the New Testament church.  Cincinnati, Standard, n.d. 19p. price omitted.  Large Bible on cover. [I blogged this tract some months ago; click here]

——-.  Cincinnati, Standard, n.d. 19p. price omitted. Small Bible on cover.

——-. Cincinnati, Standard, n.d. 19p. price 5c each, 75c per hundred, postpaid.  Large Bible on cover.

——-. Cincinnati, Standard, n.d. price omitted. Closed Bible on cover.

How to build up a Bible school.   Cincinnati, Standard, 1915.

The Lord’s Supper. St. Louis, U. C. M. S., n.d.  6p. folder.

The New Testament church the only community church, address delivered at Winona convention, Saturday, September 3, 1921.  [Cincinnati, Standard] n.d.  12p.

The open membership question, correspondence between A. R. Hamilton and P. H. Welshimer.  Published in the “Christian Standard”, May 31, 1919.  Cincinnati, Standard, [1919]  24p.


A restatement of an old question.  [4]p.

A sermon to quitters. [Cincinnati, Standard, n.d.] 4p. inc. cover.

What church shall I join?  Cincinnati, Christian restoration association, n.d. 7p.

“Why I did not baptize the baby.”  [4]p.

Welshimer’s sermons [with an introduction by E. W. Thornton] Cincinnati, Standard, c1927. 252p.

Among the British churches; The faith of the church in immortality.   (In International convention, 1938, pp. 104-110; 1937, pp. 307-315)

Kingdom builders.  (In Dawson, F. F. ed. The Christian man at work, 1940, v. 2, pp. 71-78)

The remission of sins. (In Meacham, E. J., comp. Training to teach, c1913, pp. 149-151)

The reproach removed. (In Thornton, E. W., ed. Lord’s day worship services, c1930, pp. 191-194)

A sermon to the moral man. (In Moore, W. T., ed. The new living pulpit of the Christian church, 1918, pp. 363-371)

Work your own garden, commencement day address. (In Thornton, E. W., ed. Special sermons for special occasions, 1921, pp. 183-197)

with  WELSHYMER, Mrs. C. C.

Supplemental work used in the junior department of the First Christian church-school, Canton, Phio.  23p.

joint author  see

McFadden, Mrs. R. H. Supplemental lessons, third primary department.

about  see

Moore, W. T. The new living pulpit.

Welshimer, Helen. One of the busiest of men.

To these we can add:

The Great Salvation, Cincinnati, Standard, 1954.

Francis M. Arant, “P. H.”–the Welshimer Story. Cincinnati: The Standard Publishing Foundation, 1958.

James B. North, “Welshimer, Pearl Howard 91873-1957),” Encyclopedia of the Stone-Campbell Movement, 770.

and a few others; see worldcat here: http://www.worldcat.org/search?q=au%3AWelshimer%2C+P.+H.&fq=&dblist=638&start=11&qt=next_page

About First Christian Church where PHW preached 54 years, see the congregation’s website here.  It was was a megachurch built largely on the Sunday School Welshimer led.  For photos of the 1981 fire that destroyed the old First Christian facility pictured below, scroll down here.  During PHW’s ministry First Church became the largest congregation among Christian Churches with over 5,000 members.

Canton Ohio First Christian Church obverse

There are over six columns of entries under his name in the index to Christian Standard and another column and a half in the index to Christian-EvangelistRestoration Herald and Lookout very likely hold many dozen more items.

Last but not least, the library at Milligan College is named in his honor and holds in its archives some of his recorded sermons.

Facts Concerning the New Testament Church, a tract by P. H. Welshimer

24 page tract (as paginated by the publisher this count includes covers), stapled, 3 1/8 by 5 3/4 in.  Undated, this printing is no earlier than 1937 given the ad in the rear for Cecil James Sharp’s Personal Evangelism (1937).  Claude Spencer (Author Catalog) by 1946 knows of four printings of this tract, all with pictures of Bibles on the cover.  He doesn’t know of this printing, no. 3252.  The cost of this one, per hundred, is $2.50; it is significantly higher than the .75 per c of the ones Claude knows.  So, maybe even late 40’s?

Welshimer, Facts Concerning the New Testament Church front cover

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Welshimer, Facts Concerning the New Testament Church back cover

Christian Baptism: A Tract by Isaac Walton Lowman

Four-page, a single sheet folded once, tract entitled “Christian Baptism” by I. W. Lowman.  Undated.

I see from the Christian Standard index that Isaac Walton Lowman died in about June or July 1924.  One G. Lowman, his child I presume, authored an obituary published in the 19 July 1924 issue of CS at page 1067.  Isaac authored 52 obituaries for the pages of Christian Standard from October 1895 through December 1915.  CS published one notice of his, of some kind, in 1909.  Another about an evangelistic meeting is titled in the index as “Loogootee (Ind.) meeting (from the minister). 1911  1 Ap:542.”  Loogootee, Indiana is a new one to me…with a name like that I would surely remember it.  Perhaps some Hoosier can comment about Loogootee?

Isaac appears, barely, in Christian-Evangelist.  In 1905 he authors “Impression of city campaigns by workers engaged” (page 274) and in 1911 there appears “Our budget” on page 1458.  The latter includes a portrait!

Both Christian Standard and Christian-Evangelist carry obituaries of Ellen Frances (Kutzner) Lowman, deceased 1911.

I’ve scoured neither Google nor other print sources for Isaac.  I welcome information, though.  At present it appears he had an active ministry of some twenty years’ duration, some of it in Loogootee Indiana.  Apparently he died after about a ten-year retirement.  Where, if anywhere, he matriculated for ministerial preparation remains unknown.  What other, if any, publications from his pen saw it through a press remains unknown.  Details of the publishing of this tract remain unknown.  For all I know Isaac had it worked up by a job printer and used it in that 1911 “city campaign.”  How Kromer Columbus Ice got his hands on it, and why he kept it, well…who knows?  But he did, and here it is:

David Lipscomb on Acts reviewed in Christian Standard, 1897

I notice today is the 27th, and, so, a happy 27th to all.  But I come empty-handed as far as a new installment for Explorations in Stone-Campbell Bibliography is concerned.  As a substitute I offer this review of David Lipscomb’s Commentary on Acts.



“A Commentary on the Acts of the Apostles, with Questions, Suited for the Use of Families and Schools.”  By D. Lipscomb.  Nashville, Tenn.: Gospel Advocate Publishing Company, 1896.

This is a volume of 249 pages, octavo, neatly printed and well bound.  The commentary proper is preceded by “Biographies of the Apostles,” among whom Barnabas is accorded a place.  An Introduction sets forth briefly the work of the Holy Spirit, and the general purpose of the Book of Acts.  In the body of the  work the text of both the A. V. and the R. V. is printed in parallel columns at the top of the page–a waste of space as respects the former.  The commentary is in no sense a critical one.  The author has not subjected his own literary style to criticism, but writes with the same improprieties of diction and awkward construction of sentences which characterizes his newspaper articles.  This is a defect which should have been avoided in a commentary.

The comments in the main are judicious, and will meet the general approval of scholars.  The study of it in families, in schools, or in any other way, must prove decidedly beneficial to all who are beginners in the study of the New Testament.  It is to be regretted, however, that it contains many slips in matters of detail which might easily have been avoided with more care.  For example, it is said “The two letters to the Corinthians were written during his second tour from Ephesus;” the name Theophilus is said to be a Latin word (p. 25); on Thursday they had seen him arrested, tried, buffeted; and on Friday they saw him in open day nailed to the cross [; sic] the catching away of Philip after the baptism of the eunuch was “Back to Azotus” (p. 95); “Cyprus was on the road from Jerusalem to Tarsus” (p. 113); “The ‘world’ frequently means the land of Judea” (p. 114); “The first and second ward mean the first and second gates” (p. 116); “It is certain that Silas and Titus did this for Paul at Corinth, since he baptized only the first fruits of his preaching there’ (p. 121); James is called, just as the school of Baur would have him, “the head of the Judaizing party,” and in the conference on circumcision it is said, “The apostles and elders at first disagreed” (p. 142); Paul and his company are said to have made the trip from Troas to Macedonia in one day (p. 147); of Paul’s journey from Athens to Corinth, a distance of forty-five miles, it is said: “He probably went by water” (p. 163).  But enough of these.  All such mistakes should be corrected in a second edition.

Christian Standard, January 23, 1897, p. 121.


The Book Table for this issue of the Standard contains reviews of two books: DL on Acts, and the “Practical Commentary: S. S. Lessons, 1897” published by Fleming H. Revell.  J. W. McGarvey, Lexington, Ky. is the author of the second, and I assume also of the first.  It is natural that JWM reviews a commentary on Acts, given that the second edition of his commentary on Acts was published in 1892.  From this review it appears that Little Mac and Uncle Dave stand in basic agreement on Acts.  JWM raises no serious objection (the reference to Baur is as bad as it gets, but I doubt that JWM could find much more agreement between FC Baur and David Lipscomb) and his criticism is limited to matters of style and negligence in detail.  One would want McGarvey to proof-read a mss.!  For McGarvey, that Lipscomb’s work is “in no sense a critical one” may well be compliment, not a criticism.  I thought this review is a nice complement to the recent posts of “memories” of McGarvey.  Your comments welcome.