ADONIRAM JUDSON GORDON
1836 - 1895
Adoniram Judson Gordon was
born in New Hampton, New Hampshire, on April 13, 1836.
His parents were Christians. His youth was characterized
by hard work in his father's woolen mill, long walks
to school, and a devout church life. At about age
fifteen Adoniram was converted to Christ. Soon after
his conversion he was baptized and received into the
church. A year later he felt the call of God to the
He attended nearby New London
Academy and then Brown University. In 1860 he entered
the Newton Theological Seminary. Upon graduation in
1863 he accepted the call to be a Baptist pastor at
Jamaica Plain, near Boston. For six years he pastored
this church while he grew in his spiritual experience.
In 1869 he accepted the call to the Clarendon Street
Baptist Church in Boston. He remained there for more
than a quarter of a century.
In 1878 he began editing
the Watchword, a monthly magazine, and in 1888 he
became chairman of the Executive Committee of the
American Baptist Missionary Union (since 1910, the
American Baptist Foreign Missionary Society). In 1889
he founded the Boston Missionary Training School (now
Gordon College and Divinity School).
Gordon saw the Clarendon
Street Baptist Church completely transformed into
one of the most spiritual and aggressive churches
in America. He was also one of the most prominent
leaders and speakers in Dwight Moody's great Northfield
Conventions, and one year Moody left the convention
entirely in his charge. In his Ministry of the Spirit,
which is perhaps his greatest work, Dr. Gordon presents
the work of the Holy Spirit in a three-fold aspect:
sealing, filling, and anointing.
Among his better known hymns
are: "My Jesus, I Love Thee" and "I
Shall See the King in His Beauty." On the morning
of February 2, 1895, Dr. Gordon, with Victory as the
last clearly audible word on his lips, fell asleep