Ford Porter served several
churches in Indiana and was used of the Lord
in various ministries. In 1947 he launched
that Berean Gospel Ministry (now Lifegate,
Inc.) which has become worldwide through the
printing and distribution of Gospel tracts.
The Berean Ministry included Bible conferences,
evangelistic campaigns, radio broadcasts,
Children's Bible Crusades, Camp Berean, Vacation
Bible School Institute, Gospel Films, and
the Indiana Baptist College.
Ford Porter was born in Ottawa County, Michigan
on February 5, 1893. the influence of the
family altar and the godly lives of his parents
contributed to Ford's decision to receive
Christ to be his Saviour at the age of 11.
A year later he spoke to a group of Junior
boys and girls. At which time his pastor remarked
that Ford could then quote more verses of
scripture than "any other person in town."
As a young man, Ford served as a Sunday School
teacher and later assisted Dr. Ernest Reveal
at the Evansville (Indiana) Rescue Mission.
On July 6, 1919, he answered God's call to
preach, after which he studied at Moody Bible
Institute in Chicago under Dr. Kenneth Wuest
and Dr. James M. Gray.
The most far-reaching ministry of
Ford Porter is the Gospel tract, God's Simple Plan
of Salvation, which he wrote in 1933. That tract
has been printed in more than ninety languages and
Braille. The worldwide distribution of over 310 million
copies has resulted in the salvation of thousands
of people. Ford Porter ended a fruitful and effective
ministry when he went to be with the Lord on November
20, 1976, at the age of 83.