James Jauncey (1916 – 2008) evangelist, scientist, theological college principal
“I must confess that at one time, my being required to work for years at a time as a scientist did not make sense. I had nothing against science. In fact, I loved the work. But I find that preaching the gospel was so much more urgent and necessary”.
James Henry Jauncey was born on 5 December 1916 in Dudley, Worcestershire, England and died on 31 July 2008 in El Paso, Texas, USA
James Jauncey’s family migrated under the Group Settlement Scheme and settled at Northcliffe in the south of Western Australia.
The eldest of 15 children, `Jim` was obliged to leave school at 14 years but went on to matriculate and become a true academic who held 10 degrees in various fields including Science, Engineering, Mathematics, Journalism, and Religion… e.g BSc (UWA, 1941), BA (UWA, 1944), BD (MCD, 1948), MA, ThM, ThD (Berkeley, 1949-1950); BA (London, 1954),
Even as a young boy in Australia, James always had a desire to emigrate to the United States, which he did in 1948, becoming a U.S. citizen in 1954.
During World War II James Jauncey was a technical advisor to the Australian Government, and subsequently was associated with the American guided missile programme in New Mexico. James took out American citizenship in 1954.
As a writer he contributed over 2,000 articles to some 50 magazines and had 15 books published, most of which have run into several editions. `Science returns to God`, has been translated into three foreign languages.
Dr Jauncey was also a licensed psychologist but regarded himself an Evangelist first and foremost. Two of his books deal with evangelism `The Psychology of Successful Evangelism` (1972) and `One on One Evangelism` (1978)
In his book `The American Way` (1962) James H. Jauncey wrote:
I must confess that at one time, my being required to work for years at a time as a scientist did not make sense. I had nothing against science. In fact, I loved the work. But I find that preaching the gospel was so much more urgent and necessary. Surely God must know that this is where I ought to be. Yet, in the long run, the experience and prestige of being a scientist has made my proclamation of the Word infinitely more fruitful.
As a lecturer James Jauncey won renown as a keynote speaker at conventions of science organizations, religious bodies, political groups, education associations, service clubs, labour unions and chambers of commerce.
In September 1964, Dr James Jauncey, minister of the El Paso Christian Church in Texas, USA, accepted the invitation to become the first principal of Churches of Christ in Queensland’s theological college to be known as Kenmore Christian College. Wearing his Texas hat, Dr Jauncey walked off the plane at Brisbane airport to be met by TV cameras from the commercial networks. He was the Principal from 1964 to 1969, and was also the founding Pastor of the Churches of Christ on Bardon Road at Woodridge, on the outskirts of Brisbane.
Dr James Jauncey was honoured nationally on four occasions by the Freedoms Foundation of Valley Forge and possesses the Distinguished Service Award and Conquistadore Award from the City of El Paso, Texas, USA. He is also listed in `Who’s Who in American Education`.
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