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Rev Benjamin Clayton Bell, Sr

Rev Benjamin Clayton Bell, Sr

Birth
Jingjiang, Jiangsu, China
Death 5 Jul 2000 (aged 67)
Montreat, Buncombe County, North Carolina, USA
Burial Dallas, Dallas County, Texas, USA
Memorial ID 45798874 · View Source
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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 Margaret Ann "Peggy" Alexander and the father of four children.



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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)


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  • Created by: Robert C. Peurifoy
  • Added: 26 Dec 2009
  • Find A Grave Memorial 45798874
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Rev Benjamin Clayton Bell, Sr (11 Dec 1932–5 Jul 2000), Find A Grave Memorial no. 45798874, citing Sparkman Hillcrest Memorial Park, Dallas, Dallas County, Texas, USA ; Maintained by Robert C. Peurifoy (contributor 46928811) .