Ockenga, Harold John
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6/6/1905  - 2/8/1985
Harold John Ockenga was an important leader in what he referred to as "neo-evangelicalism," a movement upholding conservative theological standards while still maintaining a sense of warmth and engagement with society. He was among the first students to leave Princeton Theological Seminary and follow J. Gresham Machen to Westminster Theological Seminary in 1929. After beginning his pastorate in Boston (1936), he began to gain national attention with his books These Religious Affections (1937) and Our Protestant Heritage (1938), among others. In 1942, he helped co-found the National Association of Evangelicals and served as the organization’s first president (1942-1944). In 1947, he became president of Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, CA, which he co-founded with radio evangelist Charles Fuller. It became the leading seminary for neo-evangelicals. He also assisted Billy Graham with the founding of Christianity Today magazine (1956).

Through the work of Ockenga and others, neo-evangelicalism thrived in the 20th century.
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Harold Ockenga preaching- David Allan Hubbard Library, Archives and Special Collections, Fuller Theological Seminary
Book/Journal Source(s)
Melton, J. Gordon, 1991. Religious Leaders of America. Detroit, MI: Gale.
Reid, Daniel, Robert Linder, Bruce Shelley, and Harry Stout, 1990. Dictionary of Christianity in America. Downers Grove, IL.
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Benjamin T. Gurrentz
Affliated with: Pennsylvania State University, Ph.D. in Sociology

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