Baker, James Chamberlain 1879-1969
BAKER, James Chamberlain 1879-1969
PERSONAL: Born June 2, 1879, in Sheldon, IL; died September 26, 1969, in Claremont, CA; son of Benjamin Webb and Martha Frances (Henry) Baker; married Lena Sarah Benson, 1901. Education: Illinois Wesleyan University, graduated, 1898; Boston University, S.T.B., 1905.
CAREER: Missouri Wesleyan University, teacher of Greek for three years; elder of Methodist Episcopal churches in McLean, IL, and Urbana, IL, until 1928; Methodist Episcopal Church (now United Methodist Church), elected bishop, 1928; supervisor of missions in Japan, Manchuria, and Korea, 1928-32; bishop for San Francisco, CA, 1932-c. 1946, and Los Angeles, CA, 1948-52; University of Southern California, Los Angeles, visiting professor, c. 1952-56. Temporary supervisor of Methodist Episcopal mission in Shanghai area of China, 1933-34. Wesley Foundation (college campus ministry), founder and leader; International Missionary Council, chair, 1941-47; World Council of Churches, founding member, member of central committee, 1948-54; United Methodist Council of Bishops, president, c. 1948; consultant to United Nations.
(With Ralph E. Diffendorfer) Church and Mission inJapan in January 1941, Board of Missions and Church Extension, Methodist Church (New York, NY), 1941.
The First Wesley Foundation: An Adventure inChristian High Education, foreword by Fred P. Corson, Parthenon, 1960.
Author of pamphlet "The Church in a World in Ferment," privately printed (Los Angeles, CA), 1947. Contributor to periodicals, including Methodist Review.
BIOGRAPHICAL AND CRITICAL SOURCES:
General Commission on Archives and History of theUnited Methodist Church Web site,http://www.gcah.org/ (March 24, 2003), "Wesley Foundation, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, Heritage Landmark of The United Methodist Church."*