J. Edwin Orr

Short Name: J. Edwin Orr
Full Name: Orr, J. Edwin (James Edwin), 1912-1987
Birth Year: 1912
Death Year: 1987

Rv James Edwin Orr MA ThD EdD PhD United Kingdom/USA. Born at Belfast, Northern Ireland, son of a jeweler with both British and American citizenship (so his children did as well), he studied at the College of Technology, Belfast, Ireland. After spending some years as a baker, he began evangelizing in Britian and in Europe. In 1937 he married Ivy Carol Carlson, and they had a daughter: Eileen. After their marriage, the Orrs evangelized in Australia (1939), China, Canada, South America, and the U.S. In 1939 he enrolled at Northwest University, and in 1940 was ordained into the Baptist Christian ministry at Newark, NJ. He received a MA from Northwest University in 1941 and a ThD from Northern Baptist Seminary in 1943. During WWII he served as a chaplain in the U.S. Air Force in the Pacific region. During these years he also wrote several accounts of his preaching tours. After the war he continued his studies and took his PhD at Oxford University in 1948, with his thesis on the second evangelical awakening in Britain. In 1949 he and his wife made the U.S. their permanent base and continued to travel the world promoting church revival and renewal. They evangelized in 150 countries on several continents. In 1966 he became a professor at the School of World Missions, Fuller Theological Seminary, Pasadena, CA. In 1971 he received his EdD degree from UCLA. He remained at Fuller until 1981., and as professor emeritus thereafter. He also received honorary degrees from an Indian seminary and the university of South Africa. Billy Graham wrote: “Dr J Edwn Orr, in my opinion, is one of the greatest authorities on the history of religious revivals in the Protestant world.” From 1951 on he was influential in Campus Crusade for Christ, and was one of its five original board members. He authored 40+ works, mostly on revival work. He also wrote a few hymn lyrics. He was a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society, the American Geographical Society, the Royal Historical Society, and the Royal Society of Literature. He died at Ridgecrest, NC. Burial: Camarillo, CA.

John Perry

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