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A.B. Simpson, Missionary and Nyack College Founder, Dies - October 29, 1919

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(Photo: Public Domain)Albert Benjamin Simpson (1843-1919), founder of The Christian And Missionary Alliance.

This week marks the anniversary of the death of Albert Benjamin Simpson, a noted Canadian preacher who founded the Christian and Missionary Alliance as well as Nyack College.

In 1873, Simpson moved to America and evangelized immigrant populations in New York City before founding an organization later named The Christian And Missionary Alliance in 1887.

"Simpson resigned a prestigious New York City pastorate to develop an interdenominational fellowship devoted to serving unreached people," noted Nyack College, which Simpson helped found in 1882.

"Simpson's view was shared by a wide group of men and women, including mainline church leaders, laborers, and theological scholars ... An important step towards making their vision a reality was the founding of a training school for missionaries (the Missionary Training Institute), the first Bible college in North America. This school was the forerunner of Nyack College."

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