Bell, L. Nelson (Lemuel Nelson), 1894-1973

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Lemuel "Nelson" Bell (1894-1973) was a general surgeon and Presbyterian missionary. He was also the father-in-law of Billy Graham. Evangelist Billy Graham (b. 1918) attended Bob Jones University and recieved an honorary degree from the university in 1948. Bob Jones (1883-1968) is a religious broadcaster and the founding president of Bob Jones University. His birth name is Robert Reynolds Jones Sr. A fundamentalist, evangelical minister, he founded Bob Jones University in 1926 as an alternative to religious colleges which he felt had become secularized. In 1946, he moved the institution to its current location in Greenville, South Carolina. He was an adamant segregationist. His split with Billy Graham is related to Graham's ecumenial and non-fundamentalist approach.

From the description of L. Nelson Bell collection of papers, 1957. (Western North Carolina Library Network). WorldCat record id: 191848911

Surgeon, missionary, evangelist, church statesman; born on July 30, 1894; went to China as medical missionary with the Presbyterian Church in the United States, 1916; served as doctor, administrator and lay evangelist at his denomination's hospital in Tsingkiangpu [Pinyin romanization: Qingjianpu] until 1941; unable to return to China, first because of the war with Japan and then because of the Communist takeover, Bell opened a medical practice in Asheville, NC; was extremely involved in the life of his denomination, particularly its mission work, and was opposed to union with other Presbyterian denominations; founded THE SOUTHERN PRESBYTERIAN JOURNAL (later the PRESBYTERIAN JOURNAL) to express the conservative viewpoint; was a close advisor of his son-in-law, the evangelist Billy Graham; with Graham was the major figure in the founding of the magazine CHRISTIANITY TODAY in 1956 to represent conservative Protestant belief; was also a friend and advisor to the millionaire and philanthropist J. Howard Pew;served as moderator of his denomination, 1972-1973; died in 1973.

From the description of Papers of L. Nelson Bell, 1923-1973. (Wheaton College). WorldCat record id: 26449124

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referencedIn Embery, Doris. Oral history interview with Doris Embery, 1982. Billy Graham Archive & Research Center
creatorOf Bell, L. Nelson, 1894-1973. Papers of L. Nelson Bell, 1923-1973. Billy Graham Archive & Research Center
referencedIn Billy Graham Evangelistic Association. Special Assistant to Billy Graham. Records of BGEA Special Assistant to Billy Graham, 1946-1988. Billy Graham Archive & Research Center
referencedIn Christianity Today International. Records of Christianity Today, International, 1954-[ongoing]. Billy Graham Archive & Research Center
referencedIn Billy Graham Evangelistic Association. Decision Magazine. Records of BGEA Decision Magazine, 1954-1987. Billy Graham Archive & Research Center
creatorOf Bell, L. Nelson (Lemuel Nelson), 1894-1973. L. Nelson Bell collection of papers, 1957. Appalachian State University, ASU
referencedIn Lindsell, Harold, 1913-1998. Papers of Harold Lindsell, 1941-1994. Billy Graham Archive & Research Center
referencedIn Billy Graham Evangelistic Association. Blue Ridge Broadcasting Corporation. Records of BGEA Blue Ridge Broadcasting Corporation, 1959-1975. Billy Graham Archive & Research Center
referencedIn Billy Graham Evangelistic Association. Resource Coordinator. History project records of Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, 1970-2004. Billy Graham Archive & Research Center
referencedIn Gieser, P. Kenneth. Papers of P. Kenneth Gieser, 1934-1979, (bulk 1934-1940). Billy Graham Archive & Research Center
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associatedWith Barth, Karl, 1886-1968. person
associatedWith Billy Graham Evangelistic Association. corporateBody
associatedWith Billy Graham Evangelistic Association. Blue Ridge Broadcasting Corporation. corporateBody
associatedWith Billy Graham Evangelistic Association. Decision Magazine. corporateBody
associatedWith Billy Graham Evangelistic Association. Resource Coordinator. corporateBody
associatedWith Billy Graham Evangelistic Association. Special Assistant to Billy Graham. corporateBody
associatedWith Billy Graham New York Crusade (1957 : New York, N.Y.) corporateBody
associatedWith Billy Graham San Francisco Bay Cities Crusade (1958 : San Francisco, Calif.) corporateBody
associatedWith Chiang, Kai-shek, 1887-1975. person
associatedWith Christianity Today, Inc. corporateBody
associatedWith Christianity Today International. corporateBody
associatedWith Embery, Doris. person
associatedWith Gieser, P. Kenneth. person
associatedWith Graham, Billy, 1918- person
associatedWith Henry, Carl F. H. (Carl Ferdinand Howard), 1913-2003. person
associatedWith Johnson, Lyndon B. (Lyndon Baines), 1908-1973. person
associatedWith Jones, Bob, 1883-1968. person
associatedWith King, Martin Luther, Jr., 1929-1968. person
associatedWith Lindsell, Harold, 1913-1998. person
associatedWith McIntire, Carl, 1906-2002. person
associatedWith National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. corporateBody
associatedWith Nixon, Richard M. (Richard Milhous), 1913-1994. person
associatedWith Ockenga, Harold John, 1905-1985. person
associatedWith Pew, J. Howard (John Howard), 1882-1971. person
associatedWith Presbyterian Church in the U.S. corporateBody
associatedWith World Council of Churches. corporateBody
associatedWith Zhongguo guo min dang. corporateBody
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Korea
United States
China
United States
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Presbyterians
Religious disputations
Sino
African Americans
Anti-communist movements
Belief and doubt
Children of missionaries
Presbyterian Church
Ecumenical movement
Evangelicalism
Evangelists
Journalism, Religious
Liberalism (Religion)
Medical care
Missions, Medical
Missionaries
Missions
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Birth 1894-07-30

Death 1973-08-02

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