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28 March 1895 A.D. Rev. Donald Grey Barnhouse

28 March 1895 A.D. Rev. Donald Grey Barnhouse

Donald Grey Barnhouse (1895 to 1960)


Signing a $40,000 Contract with Just $10 in Pocket.

Donald Grey Barnhouse was born at Watsonville, California. In 1927 he began a 33-year pastorate at Tenth Presbyterian Church in Philadelphia. In 1928, after 12 months of broadcasting his vesper services on a Philadelphia radio station, Barnhouse had $10 in his treasury. On faith, he signed a $40,000 contract with CBS to broadcast coast to coast. He was the respected editor of two outstanding Christian magazines, Revelation, and later, Eternity he was the author of The Invisible War (his most widely read and discussed book), and the teacher on weekly broadcast the Bible Study Hour.

28 March 1895 A.D. Donald Grey Barnhouse—Pastor of Tenth Presbyterian, Philadelphia

Editors. “Barnhouse Biography.” Alliance of Confessing Evangelicals. N.d.,,PTID307086_CHID581348_CIID1907714,00.html. Accessed 27 Mar 2015.

Barnhouse Biography


barnhouseDr. Donald Grey Barnhouse

Donald Grey Barnhouse was, for half a century, one of the most widely acclaimed American preachers.  Scholarly exposition and a popular approach marked his teaching.  An unyielding faith, devotion to Christ, innovation, and great energy marked his ministry.

Although some found him overly abrupt and sometimes controversial, his zeal for the Kingdom of God made him an exciting and captivating speaker.  His elocutionary ability sprung from his careful speech, friendly manner, vivid analogies and most of all from his faithful exposition of the Scriptures.  He was able to make the Bible relevant to the modern man.  In fact his sermons have grown no less relevant to those who hear or read them today.

Dr. Barnhouse was one of the pioneers of radio preaching in the 1920s.  Eventually he launched his own network program, The Bible Study Hour.  In 1949 he began his famous study of Romans which continued each week for nearly 12 years until his death.  This radio program continues to air as Dr. Barnhouse & the Bible.

The written word was also part of Barnhouse’s ministry.  He wrote many articles and authored more than a dozen books.  He was founder and editor-in-chief of Eternity Magazine.  He displayed remarkable insight in his evaluation of the meaning of events for church and nation.

For over 30 years Dr. Barnhouse conducted a weekly Bible study class in New York City.  More than 500 people attended.  The demand for his services as a speaker and a conference leader was international.

His ministry was a varied one.  For 33 years until his death he served as the pastor of Philadelphia’s historic Tenth Presbyterian Church.  There his influence was realized in many young lives that were directed into the ministry and the foreign mission field.

28 March 1895 A.D. Donald Grey Barnhouse—Pastor of Tenth Presbyterian, Philadelphia

Donald Barnhouse

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Donald Grey Barnhouse on the cover of Eternity magazine in its memorial issue tribute to the magazine's founder, March 1961

Donald Grey Barnhouse Th.D (March 28, 1895 – November 5, 1960), was an American Christian preacher, pastor, theologian, radio pioneer, and writer. He was pastor of the Tenth Presbyterian Church in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania from 1927 to his death in 1960. As a pioneer in radio broadcasting, his program, The Bible Study Hour, continues today and is now known as Dr. Barnhouse & the Bible.



Barnhouse pastored the Tenth Presbyterian Church in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania from 1927 until his death in 1960.[1] He was a theologian who commanded a wealth of knowledge in various and sundry fields such as history, language, and literature.

He was a pioneer in preaching over the radio; his program was known as The Bible Study Hour.[2] His broadcasts were taped, and the program continues to air as Dr. Barnhouse & the Bible. In 1949, he began a weekly, in-depth study of the Book of Romans on his program, which lasted until his death. He also wrote many articles and books.

In 1931, Barnhouse began publishing Revelation, a magazine which published his sermons, expositions, and religious interpretations of current events. Revelation was published until 1950.[3] Barnhouse also founded Eternity magazine in 1931 and was editor-in-chief of the monthly publication.[2] He wrote a "Window on the World" column for each issue between 1931–1960, in which he discussed contemporary concerns from a biblical perspective.[1] In September 1956, Eternity magazine published his article, "Are the Seventh-day Adventists Christians?" He answered affirmatively, whereas in the past he had excluded them for some of their teachings.

The article was described as a "blockbuster" by his wife Margaret Barnhouse in her biography, That Man Barnhouse (1983). She wrote that the "reaction was immediate: outraged canceling of subscriptions or grateful commendation because [he] had the courage to ... admit he had been wrong in the past about the Adventists."[1] Along with fellow evangelical Walter Martin, Barnhouse argued that the "Adventists hold all the basic doctrines of Christianity", albeit with some heterodox teachings.[4] Eternity published a cover story and memorial issue tribute to Barnhouse shortly after his death.

C. Everett Koop, the former U.S. Surgeon General, attended the Tenth Presbyterian Church for more than twenty years. He said of Barnhouse:

"His authoritative voice held my attention, his physical appearance was arresting, and his preaching was teaching of the highest intellectual order ... I always marveled at the simplicity of the faith of this very intelligent and learned man."[1]

Personal life

Barnhouse was born March 28, 1895, in Watsonville, California. His parents were Theodore and Jennie Carmichael Barnhouse. After graduating high school, he enrolled at the Biola Institute, in 1912. He also studied at the University of Chicago and Princeton Theological Seminary. He enlisted in the army in 1917 before completing his studies at Princeton. First Lieutenant Barnhouse of the Aviation Section of the Signal Corps was ordained in April 1918 by the Presbyterian Church in the U.S.A.[3]

Barnhouse married Ruth, and they had four children: sons Donald Jr. and David, and daughters Ruth and Dorothy.[1] Ruth died of cancer.

Several years later, he married his second wife Margaret (née Nuckols) Bell, the widow of Douglas Bell. They made their home on an 82-acre (33 ha) farm near Doylestown, Pennsylvania. Donald Grey Barnhouse died in a Philadelphia hospital one month after being diagnosed with a large, malignant brain tumor.


Many of the books authored by Donald Grey Barnhouse have been re-published since his death, some in their tenth or more printing.[1] Some of his works include:

  • Acts (1979), Zondervan
  • Bible Truth Illustrated (1979), Keats
  • The Cross Through the Open Tomb (1961), Eerdmans Publishing
  • Genesis (1970), Zondervan, 2 vols.
  • God's Methods for Holy Living (1949), Revelation Publications
  • Guaranteed Deposits (1949), Revelation Publications
  • The Invisible War (1965), Zondervan
  • Let Me Illustrate (1967), Revell
  • Revelation (1971), Zondervan
  • Romans (1982), Eerdmans Publishing, 4 vols.
  • Teaching the Word of Truth (1940), Eerdmans Publishing
  • Thessalonians (1977), Zondervan
  • Words Fitly Spoken (1969), Tyndale House Publishers
  • Your Right to Heaven (1977), Baker Book House

Archival Collections

The Presbyterian Historical Society in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, has a large collection of Barnhouse’s papers including correspondence, photographs and audio records documenting his personal and professional life. The collection includes materials from his media ventures including his broadcasts and the magazines Revelation and Eternity. The material includes sermons, radio scripts, correspondences, and articles as well as a dairy of his personal life. The society’s Barnhouse collection also includes photographs that depict his family, friends, ministry and travels.


1.  ^ Jump up to: a b c d e f Margaret N. Barnhouse (1983). That Man Barnhouse. Wheaton, Illinois: Tyndale House. ISBN 0-8423-7033-1. 

2.  ^ Jump up to: a b "Donald Grey Barnhouse" (biography), Alliance of Confessing Evangelicals

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Preceded by
Marcus A. Brownson
Senior Pastor of Tenth Presbyterian Church
Succeeded by
Mariano Di Gangi

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