Jesse Moren Bader
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Bader, Jesse Moren bio
Encycopedia Stone-Campbell Movement, Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), Christian Churches/Churches of Christ, Churches of Christ; Douglas A. Foster, Paul M. Blowers, Anthony L. Dunnavant & D. Newell Williams; Disciples of Christ Historical Society, Nashville, Tennessee; Abilene Christian University, Abilene, Texas; William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, Grand Rapids, Michigan / Cambridge, U.K.
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Bader, Jesse Moren (1886-1963)
  Disciples of Christ evangelist and leasder of the World Convention of Churches of Christ.
  Jesse Bader was devoted to evangelism and to the untiy of all people under the banner of Christ.  Born in Bader, Illinois, he studied at the University of Kansas and graduated from Drake University in 1911.  Ordained to the ministry, Bader held pastorates in Kansas and Missouri and served overseas with the Y.M.C.A. during World War I.  In 1910 he married Golda Elam, also an ordained minister with her own interests and career in ecumerical affairs, including United Church Women.  With the founding of the United Church Missionary Society in 1920, Bader became the organization's Secretary of Evangelism.  His task was to provide effective evangelistic strategies for local churches.  Later he was called to head the Department of Evangelism for the Federal Council of Churches.  Writing widely in the field of evangelism, his chief text was "Evangelism in a Changing America" (1957).  He was also a consultant to Billy Graham.  In 1940 he initiated the observance of World Communion Sunday.
  His passion for Christian unity led to the organization of the World Convention of Churches of Christ.  In 1930 he served as president of the initial convention held in Washington, D.C.  Working to bring about fellowship between global manifestations of the Movement and among the divided segments of the church within the United States, Bader served as Genreal Secretary of the World Convention unitl his death in 1963.
  See also: Evangelism, Evangelists; World Convention of Churches of Christ, The
  Bibliography: Jesse Moren Bader paper, Disciples of Christ Historical Society; Samuel McCrae Cavert, "Jesse Moren Bader: Evangelical and Ecumenical Churchman," in Herald of the Evangel, ed. Edwin T. Dahlberg (1965)
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