MEYER, FREDERICK BROTHERTON (1847–1929)
British preacher, author, and spokesman for public righteousness
Meyer’s ministry was worldwide, but his base was London. He was born and educated there, held pastorates at some of London’s largest free churches, and conducted his moral crusades from that city.
An ardent Baptist and premillennialist, Meyer applied Christian principles to social ills such as drunkenness, prostitution, unmarried mothers, and unwanted children. One of his best crusades occurred in 1911 when he successfully stopped a prize fight that was to be held at Earl’s Court between Jack Johnson of the United States and a British contender. Meyer endured scorn for his efforts: a London newspaper called him “Meddling, Maudlin Meyer.”
Meyer was involved in the Blue Ribbon movement (prohibition); the Purity, Rescue, and Temperance work of the Central South London Free Church Council (which closed brothels and counseled prostitutes); and the Homeless Children’s Aid and Adoption Society. He served as president of the National and World Sunday School Unions, president of the National Union of Christian Endeavor, and founder of South London Missionary Training College. He was also the author of more than seventy books. He preached around the world. Melbourne Hall (Leicester), a center of social and evangelistic activity, was built in 1881 under his leadership. M.Fackler
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