Leander Moore preaches at Central Church of Christ (Deaf), 1960s

Several years ago I was given a few photographs and other paper items from the estate of Owen Pryor, one of the early ministers to the deaf at Nashville’s Central Church of Christ.  Among them is this photograph of Leander Moore preaching to the deaf congregation.  It is as fine an example of chart preaching as I have seen.

Photograph, Leander Moore at Central Church of Christ (Deaf), 1960s. Nashville, Tennessee.

Photograph, Leander Moore at Central Church of Christ (Deaf), 1960s. Nashville, Tennessee.

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.

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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.

Horace Busby preaches at Hillsboro Church, April 18-25, 1943

The Apostolic Times carries this ad for the Busby-Neal [sic, Neil] meeting at Hillsboro Church of Christ, Nashville, TN, seventy years ago this week:

Busby, Neal at Hillsboro April 1943

By April 1943 Horace Wooten Busby, age 59, had engaged in full-time ‘meeting work’ for over thirty years.  By 1952 he held 1,000 meetings like this one at Hillsboro resulting in about 18,000 baptisms.  Busby says of himself: “was member of the Presbyterian Church until grown.  Read the Bible and made own decision to leave error.”  H. E. Warlick baptized him in November 1904.  See Batsell Barrett Baxter and M. Norvel Young, eds. Preachers of Today. The Christian Press: Nashville, 1952, pages 58-59.

Robert Gill Neil, age 33, was a beloved teacher and coach at David Lipscomb College.  Though comparatively young, by 1943 he led singing for gospel meetings across Nashville and beyond.  His mentors in song leading were C. M. Pullias and B. H. Murphy (who led singing for N. B. Hardeman’s Tabernacle Meetings in the 1920’s).  While a student at Vanderbilt School of Religion, Neil took courses in church music and sang in the School of religion choir.  But before 1943 ended Bob Neil was no longer employed at David Lipscomb College.  Perhaps more on that story at another time.  See Jim Turner, Brother Bob: The Life and Times of Robert Gill Neil. David Lipscomb University: Nashville, 1997, pages 102-104.

Serving Hillsboro as Minister was Benton Cordell Goodpasture, Editor of Nashville’s Gospel Advocate.