Reuben Archer Torrey: Chronology of Events
compiled by Stephen Ross, 2013; edited 2020

R.A. TorreyR. A. Torrey (1856-1928), an American evangelist, pastor, educator, and writer. Called by D. L. Moody to head Bible institute in Chicago (now Moody Bible Institute). Dean of Bible Institute of Los Angeles. Pastorates included Chicago Avenue Church (now Moody Memorial) and Church of the Open Door, Los Angeles. Worldwide evangelistic meetings with Charlie Alexander. Founded Montrose Bible Conference, PA. Wrote more than forty books.
1856 Born in Hoboken, New Jersey, United States (Jan 28)
1871-1875 Attended Yale University (A.B.)
Converted to Christ in junior year at Yale
1875-1878 Attended Yale Divinity School (B.D.)
1878-1882 Pastor of Congregational Church, Garretsville, Ohio
Ordained (1878)
Married Clara Smith (Oct 22, 1879)
Birth of daughter, Edith Clara (1881)
1882-1883 Attended Leipzig and Erlangen Universities in Germany
1883-1886 Pastor of Open Door Congregational Church, Minneapolis, MN
Birth of daughter, Blanche (1884)
1887-1889 Organized, and Pastor of People's Church, Minneapolis, Minnesota
Birth of son, Reuben Archer, Jr. (1887)
1889-1908 First superintendent of the Chicago Evangelization Society (now Moody Bible Institute)
Birth of daughter, Elizabeth (1889 or 90?)
Birth of daughter, Margaret (1893)
Death of daughter, Elizabeth (1898)
Pastor of Chicago Avenue Church (now Moody Memorial Church) (1894-1906)
Awarded Doctor of Divinity degree by Wheaton College (Jun 1907).
Founded Montrose Bible Conference, Montrose, Pennsylvania (1908)
Held evangelistic meetings in China, Japan, Australia, England, Scotland, Ireland, India, United States, and Canada (1901-1911)
1912-1924 Dean of Bible Institute of Los Angeles (BIOLA)
Pastor of Church of the Open Door, Los Angeles, California (1915-1924)
1928 Died in Asheville, North Carolina (Oct 26) at the age of 72.

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