Reuben Archer Torrey was
one of America's best-known evangelists and
Bible teachers. He was educated at Yale and
also at various German universities. During
his early years he went through a time of
extreme skepticism, but emerged as a staunch
preacher of the faith.
In 1889, while in the pastorate, D. L. Moody
invited him to become become the superintendent
of his new school in Chicago (now the Moody
Bible Institute.) He also served as pastor
to the Chicago Avenue Church, now the Moody
Church. He and Charles Alexander conducted
evangelistic meetings together in many parts
of the world.
From the years 1912-19 R A Torrey served as
dean of the Bible Institute of Los Angeles.
He also served from 1914 as pastor of the
Church of the Open Door. From 1924 to his
death, he ministered in conferences and taught
at the Moody Bible Institute.