Cleland Boyd McAfee

Cleland Boyd McAfee
Short Name: Cleland Boyd McAfee
Full Name: McAfee, Cleland Boyd, 1866-1944
Birth Year: 1866
Death Year: 1944

Cleland Boyd McAfee (September 25, 1866 – February 4, 1944) was an American theologian, Presbyterian minister and hymn writer, best known for penning the gospel hymn, "Near to the Heart of God," and its tune called "McAfee". He wrote the song after the concurrent deaths of two of his young nieces, caused by diphtheria.

McAfee was born in Ashley Missouri, in 1866, as one of five children. His father, John A. McAfee, was the founder of Park College in Parkville, Missouri. The younger McAfee graduated from Park College in 1884, and later graduated from Union Theological Seminary in New York. McAfee went on to serve as a professor of philosophy, choir director, pastor and dean of Park College until 1901, when he left to minister at the First Presbyterian Church of Chicago. McAfee moved from First Presbyterian in 1904, to pastor the Lafayette Avenue Church of Brooklyn, in Brooklyn, New York. McAfee also taught systematic theology at McCormick Theological Seminary, from 1912 to 1930.

In 1912, McAfee authored the treatise, "The Greatest English Classic: A Study Of The King James Version Of The Bible." He was moderator of the General Assembly of Presbyterian Church in the United States, and led the Pres­by­ter­i­an Board of Foreign Mis­sions from 1930 to 1936. He died in 1944.

On August 10, 1892, McAfee married Harriet "Hattie" Lawson Brown; they had three children, Ruth Myrtle, Katharine Agnes, and Mildred Helen. Mildred Helen McAfee Horton went on to become the first director of WAVES (Women Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Service) in the United States Navy.

Texts by Cleland Boyd McAfee (9)sort descendingAsAuthority LanguagesInstances
Christian soldiers, on to conflictCleland Boyd McAfee (Author)English3
Descanso pleno eu encontreiCleland Boyd McAfee (Author)Portuguese2
Hay un lugar do quiero estarCleland Boyd McAfee (Author)Spanish2
هنا مكان راحتيCleland Boyd McAfee (Author)Arabic1
Let us watch and pray in our Master's nameCleland B. McAfee (Author)3
Lugar hay donde descansarCleland Boyd McAfee (Author)Spanish4
നല്‍ ശാന്തമായ് വിശ്രമിപ്പാന്‍ (Nal śāntamāy viśramippān)Cleland Boyd McAfee (Author)Malayalam2
There is a place of quiet rest, Near to the heart of GodCleland B. McAfee (Author)English117
有一安靜隱密之處 (Yǒuyī ānjìng yǐn mì zhī chù)Cleland Boyd McAfee (Author)Chinese2
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