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Rev Benjamin Clayton Bell, Sr
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Birth: Dec. 10, 1932
Jiangsu, China
Death: Jul. 5, 2000
Buncombe County
North Carolina, USA

Known by his middle name, Rev. Dr. Clayton Bell was born in Tsinkanpsu (now Jiangjing), China to his Missionary Parents, Dr. L. Nelson and Mrs. Virginia L. Bell. He was named for Benjamin Clayton, long time supporter from Texas of the Missionary Hospital where his Father was the director and chief surgeon.
His family returned to the United States during the evacuation of missionaries from China prior to World War II.
Clayton Bell attended Wheaton College in Illinois and was a graduate of Columbia Theological Seminary in Decatur, Georgia. He was a Pastor in Alabama and Georgia before he assumed leadership of the Highland Park Presbyterian Church in Dallas, Texas. He was the chairman of the board for Christianity Today which was founded by his father and the Rev. Billy Graham, his brother in law. While at Highland Park Presbyterian Church he became embroiled in the debate of joining the Presbyterian Church USA or leaving the denomination. This placed great strain on his life. Highland Park would eventually become the third largest Presbyterian Church in the United States.
Clayton Bell was the author of Moorings: Anchor for a World Adrift.
He had three sisters, including Ruth Bell Graham, wife of the Rev. Billy Graham. He was married to Peggy Ann Alexander and the father of four children.
Family links: 
  L. Nelson Bell (1894 - 1973)
  Virginia Myers Leftwich Bell (1892 - 1974)
  Rosa Wentenbaker Bell Montgomery (1918 - 2013)*
  Ruth McCue Bell Graham (1920 - 2007)*
  Lemuel Nelson Bell (1924 - 1925)*
  Virginia Bell Somerville (1927 - 2006)*
  Benjamin Clayton Bell (1932 - 2000)
*Calculated relationship

Ordained as a Minister of Word and Sacrament
In the Presbyterian Church US
Served also in the Presbyterian Church U.S.A.
M.Div, D.D., D.Litt, L.H.D

Man of Integrity, Prayer Compassion and action because he was a man of God’s Word.

“Ultimately our hope hangs on the person of Jesus Christ and when we open our hearts and lives to Him, Christ comes in and our invitation and when he does He becomes our hope for the future. If you have not made him you hope, please do so today.”
From His Last Sermon

“…one of the great evangelical leaders in America”
Billy Graham (brother in law)

Sparkman Hillcrest Memorial Park
Dallas County
Texas, USA
Created by: Robert C. Peurifoy
Record added: Dec 26, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 45798874
Rev Benjamin Clayton Bell, Sr
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- Choir Director
 Added: Oct. 15, 2015
God bless you and may you rest in peace.
- Irisana
 Added: Apr. 8, 2015

- J Spencer
 Added: Apr. 4, 2015
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