Charles Sheldon born – February 26, 1857
This week marks the anniversary of the birth of Charles Monroe Sheldon, a Congregational minister and best-selling author who is credited with coining the phrase “What Would Jesus Do?”
Sheldon was born in Wellsville, New York, the son of a Congregationalist minister who belonged to the Temperance Movement. Sheldon would likewise come to support the temperance cause.
During his time as a pastor in Kansas, Sheldon used stories in his sermons, which eventually were compiled into a best-selling book titled In His Steps: What Would Jesus Do?
“Sales for In His Steps have been estimated from $10 to $30 million dollars and ‘What Would Jesus Do?’ (WWJD) has been translated to bracelets, t-shirts, necklaces, and other visible expressions as a Christian motto,” noted the Kansas Historical Society.