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Rev John Stuart Holden

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Rev John Stuart Holden

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Death 1934 (aged 59–60)
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Holden was born in Liverpool and converted at 16. He studied at Liverpool college and worked in a bank for 5 years. Some patrons made it possible for him to attend Cambridge, where H. C. G. Moule took him under his wing. After graduating in 1899, Holden was ordained to a curacy at Bath. For some years he traveled with the parochial Anglican evangelist, Canon W. Hay Aitken, also a Keswick preacher, in a considerable demand. Holden married in 1901. In 1905 he succeeded Griffith Thomas at St. Paul's, Portman Square, where he ministered for almost thirty years. Immediately, he moved evening prayers to Sunday afternoon and establish a Sunday evening evangelistic services. He organized a well-attended Bible school.

His "Mellifluous voice and polished oratory" and his eminently Biblical and rich preaching made him perennial favorite at Keswick, in North America, and in his west London pulpit. "Dapper Little Holden", as he was called, first appeared at Keswick in 1901 and served as chairman of the council from 1924 to 1930 at a time of some innovation. At the same time he was home director of the China inland mission. President of the Missionary School of Medicine. One of the founders of the Evangelical Union of South America (Which came into being after the World Missionary Conference at Edinburgh when a false ecumenicity refused to use South America as a missionary continent), and editor of "The Christian" (1915-1920). His honorary D.D. was bestowed by West Minister College, in Fulton, Missouri.



One famous Note:

He had a ticket and supposed to be on the Titanic but J. Stuart Holden's wife became ill, causing him to change his travel plans. Having received his ticket, the Rev. Holden – vicar of St. Paul's Church, Portman Square, London – was preparing for his departure to America aboard Titanic to speak at the Christian Conservation Congress (a six-day convention opening at Carnegie Hall April 20) when his plans were interrupted by his wife's sudden illness. On April 9, one day before sailing, the Rev. Holden postponed his trip to stay at his wife's side. He returned his ticket, but retained the envelope in which it has been delivered. The envelope was subsequently framed, and in gratitude to God for his miraculous escape, Rev. Holden penned in his own hand on the matte within the frame, an expression of faith and thanksgiving.

From Psalm 103, verse 3, the phrase not only speaks for Rev. Holden, but represents the unspoken thanks for all who, for one reason or other, were not aboard Titanic when she departed Queenstown on Thursday, April 11 at 1.30 p.m. with 2,228 persons aboard, or among the 1,523 lost less than 85 hours later. "WHO REDEEMETH THY LIFE FROM DESTRUCTION."


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  • Find A Grave Memorial 105663279
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