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Dallas Theological Seminary founder born – February 27, 1871

Lewis Sperry Chafer (1871-1952), American Theologian who founded Evangelical Theological College, which was later known as Dallas Theological Seminary. | Public Domain

This week marks the anniversary of when Lewis Sperry Chafer, an American theologian, author, and minister who founded Dallas Theological Seminary, was born.

A native of Rock Creek, Ohio, and the son of a pastor, Chafer helped to found Dallas Theological Seminary of Texas and served as its first president.

“Chafer travelled in the ministry of Bible teaching in England, Scotland, Ireland, Belgium, and elsewhere. He always had a great missionary vision and served on various mission boards and visited mission fields in Europe, Mexico, and all of Central America,” noted C. F. Lincoln of Wholesome Words.

“From 1940 to 1952 Dr. Chafer was editor of Bibliotheca Sacra, the oldest theological quarterly in America.”

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