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: 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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