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Henrietta Mears: Mother of Modern Evangelicalism

Dr. Arlin Migliazzo speaks about Henrietta Mears, who was arguably the single most influential woman in the shaping of modern evangelicalism. Key figures in the early modern evangelical movement like Bill Bright, Harold John Ockenga, and Jim Rayburn frequently cited her teachings as a formative part of their ministry. Graham himself stated that Mears was the most important female influence in his life other than his mother or wife.

Dr. Migliazzo is the author of Henrietta Mears: Mother of Modern Evangelicalism (Eerdmans, 2020). He is Professor Emeritus of History at Whitworth University in Spokane, Washington. His many publications include books, articles, and essays on ethnic studies, the Pacific Northwest, colonial South Carolina, church-related higher education, the history of evangelicalism, and comparative democratic development.


  • 00:00 Introduction
  • 04:39 Mears’s Biography
  • 14:46 Mears’s Constitution
  • 16:27 Sunday School at First Presbyterian Church of Hollywood
  • 21:32 The Attraction of Mears
  • 27:07 The Available Historical Sources
  • 29:51 Gospel Light
  • 35:13 Forest Home
  • 40:15 Mears’s Relationship with Other Evangelical Figures
  • 47:04 Lessons from the Life of Henrietta Mears
  • 57:46 Conclusion

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