Wallace Guilford

Wallace Guilford (1896 – 1988)  open air and children’s evangelist
img07Guilford was widely regarded as the foremost children’s evangelist in Australia. His main publication, Winning the Children to Christ (Sydney, 1949) reached three editions and was widely influential. Always a pioneer in the use of visual aids, Guilford recognised the unique opportunities opened up by radio and television. In 1967 he and some friends commenced Bible Radio Productions.

Wallace (Wally) Arthur William Guilford was born in London, England, 7 April 1896. He left school, aged twelve with minimum education. His family emigrated to Queensland in 1911. After three years in the AIF in Europe he was invalided home and discharged. In 1920 he was converted as the result of personal witness by friends, an event which shaped the pattern of his future ministry. He became a Methodist lay preacher and an itinerant evangelist before joining Open Air Campaigners. In 1939 he joined the Sydney Evangelistic Crusade as associate evangelist.

Wally Guildford’s ministry was increasingly directed to children and young people after 1945 when he returned to independent evangelism. He was widely regarded as the foremost children’s evangelist in Australia. His main publication, Winning the Children to Christ (Sydney, 1949) reached three editions and was widely influential. Always a pioneer in the use of visual aids, Guilford recognised the unique opportunities opened up by radio and television. In 1967 he and some friends commenced Bible Radio Productions, which continues to operate through many stations in Australia and overseas. He was its honorary director until his death.

He died in Brisbane, on 4 August 1988.

Source: http://webjournals.ac.edu.au/ojs/index.php/ADEB/article/view/1196/1193

Related links:
Open Air Campaigners https://atributetoaustralianchristians.wordpress.com/2017/12/18/open-air-campaigners/

Open Air Campaigners: Then & Now | Open Air Preaching
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=exOzWRlCweQ

Open Air Campaigners
http://www.oaci.org/home/index.html

Campaigners for Christ
http://www.c4c.org.au/

Sydney Evangelistic Crusade
https://www.google.com.au/search?hl=en&as_q=&as_epq=Sydney+Evangelistic+Crusade&as_oq=&as_eq=&as_nlo=&as_nhi=&lr=&cr=&as_qdr=all&as_sitesearch=&as_occt=any&safe=images&as_filetype=&as_rights=

Bible Radio Productions
http://www.bibleradio.org.au/

Refer also
Robert Gordon:
https://atributetoaustralianchristians.wordpress.com/2016/11/29/robert-gordon/
– and
Edward Field:
https://atributetoaustralianchristians.wordpress.com/2016/11/29/e-p-field/
– and
James Duffecy:
https://atributetoaustralianchristians.wordpress.com/2016/11/29/james-duffecy/
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  1. In all of my 86 years till now, I forever have been grateful for Wallace Guilford, who led me to Christ when I was a 14 year old at a Tuesday night childrens rally at Newtown Baptist Church in 1946. Then Jim Duffecy came into my life when I was trying to play an accordion and invited me to join the volunteers on Tuesday niight in the Piccadilly Arcade rooms. Ken Hodkin told me he liked good music too, but when I played Build on the Rock, he said that was nothing like good music. My accordion took me to Bob Jones University, to learn more. Pat Macaulay from the US liked it, so her singer Martha Chastain married me as I struggled to learn more. Together with Jo Ann Rysdyk, we led a dozen ten missions for churches with packouts and extensions from a week to a month long. Jerry Beavan poached us as an associative team for the 1959 Billy Graham Crusades in Australia and New Zealand. And from that the Lord sent us benefactors who sent us into every remote town outback to hear the Gospel also. Even in 2018, volunteers evangelists and pilots are returning to new generations ooutback to cary on Gods work. Open Air Campaigners is forever special to us. We only wished it was approved to continue street evangelism as before. It was my inspiration then, and still is now … Les and Martha Nixon – Outback Patrol …

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