Chafer, Lewis Sperry 1871-1952

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CHAFER, Lewis Sperry 1871-1952


Born February 27, 1871, in Rock Creek, OH; died August 22, 1952, in Dallas, TX; son of Thomas Franklin (a Congregational minister) and Losi Lomita (Sperry) Chafer; married Ella Loraine Case, 1896. Education: Attended Oberlin College, 1889-92; studied theology privately.


Ordained Congregational minister, 1900; ordained Presbyterian minister, 1907; assistant pastor of Congregational church in Painesville, OH, after 1896; pastor of Congregational church in Buffalo, NY; farmer and schoolteacher in Northfield, MA, beginning 1901; extension teacher for Bible correspondence school in New York, beginning 1915; pastor in Dallas, TX, 1920s; Evangelical Theological College (now Dallas Theological Seminary), founder, 1924, president and professor of systematic theology, 1924-52. Central American Mission, director; speaker at Bible conferences.


Elementary Outline Studies, [East Northfield, MA], 1907.

Satan: His Motive and Methods, Gospel Publishing House (New York, NY), 1909, revised edition, Sunday School Times (Philadelphia, PA), 1919, reprinted, Zondervan Publishing House (Grand Rapids, MI), 1977.

True Evangelism, Gospel Publishing House (New York, NY), 1911, revised edition published as True Evangelism; or, Winning Souls by Prayer, Zondervan Publishing House (Grand Rapids, MI), 1971.

The Kingdom in History and Prophesy, introduction by Cyrus I. Scofield, Fleming H. Revell (New York, NY), 1915.

Salvation, Dunham (Findley, OH), 1917, published as Salvation: God's Marvelous Work of Grace, Kregel Publications (Grand Rapids, MI), 1991.

He That Is Spiritual, 1918.

Grace, Sunday School Times (Philadelphia, PA), 1922.

Major Bible Themes, Representing Forty-nine Vital Doctrines of the Scriptures, Abbreviated and Simplified for Popular Use, Sunday School Times (Philadelphia, PA), 1926, revised edition published as Major Bible Themes: Fifty-two Vital Doctrines of the Scripture Simplified and Explained, edited by John F. Walvoord, Zondervan Publishing House (Grand Rapids, MI), 1974.

The Ephesian Letter Doctrinally Considered, Loizeaux Brothers, Bible Truth Depot (New York, NY), 1935, published as The Epistle to the Ephesians, Kregel Publications (Grand Rapids, MI), 1991.

Systematic Theology, eight volumes, Dallas Theological Seminary (Dallas, TX), 1947-1948, abridged edition by John F. Walvoord published in two volumes, Victor Books (Wheaton, IL), 1988.

Dispensationalism, 2nd edition, Dallas Seminary Press (Dallas, TX), 1951.*

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