The Life and Ministry of Rev. John P. Galbraith

On the occasion of the 80th anniversary of the Orthodox Presbyterian Church, we reflect upon the life and ministry of her oldest minister, 103 year-old Rev. John P. Galbraith. Galbraith was a student of J. Gresham Machen’s at Westminster Theological Seminary and present during the founding of the OPC, before it was called the OPC.

In 1948, Mr. Galbraith was called to serve as general secretary of both the OPC Committee on Home Missions and Church Extension and the OPC Committee on Foreign Missions. He served as general secretary of both committees until 1961, when he became the first full-time general secretary of the Committee on Foreign Missions. He served in that role through 1978. Mr. Galbraith gave the next thirty years of his life to what was effectively a full-time retirement, serving on many committees and ecumenical organizations.

Listen as Camden Bucey speaks with Rev. Galbraith and Rev. Danny Olinger about the life of a small, but vibrant denomination told through the ministry and experiences of one of her faithful servants.


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John D. Chitty

4 years ago

How is it that I am the first to offer my heartfelt appreciation for this documentary style podcast in the ministry if Dr. Galbraith? Please, please, please produce many more episodes like this chronicling the story of not only the OPC, but any and every aspect of the modern history of the Reformed church at large that you find the time and resources to produce.

Josh Valdix

4 years ago

This was really well done. Nice job.

Sue Hollister

4 years ago

Hi Pastor Camden,

I have listened to many, many of your podcasts, and truly have enjoyed each one. But this podcast stands out to me as one of the most powerful and moving clip of all! The heritage that the OPC has from the foundation has set the stage for us and for generations to come. The best part was when Rev. Danny Olinger expressed Rev. Galbraith’s passion to get things right, even at 94 old and beyond. We need to hear more about the simple courage of saints who have led the way for us, who were undaunted by the temptations of the day, and had the foresight to be resolute in following Christ and building the church on the secure foundation of the secondary standards. Praise God for the first 80 years of our Orthodox Presbyterian Church! May he so bless the next 80!

Sue Hollister

Camden Bucey

4 years ago

Thanks for the feedback, everyone. I enjoyed producing this episode, and I’d love to do more in the future. There are so many important stories to tell, and this can be an effective medium for telling them.



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