Robert Parmelee Wilder was born in India of missionary parents in 1863. He earned the A.B. and A.M. degrees from Princeton University (1886, 1888) and the B.D. degree from Union Theological Seminary (1891). He was a founder of the Student Volunteer Movement (1886), missionary in India (1893-1902), traveling secretary for Student Christian Movements in Europe (1903-1916), secretary of Religious Work Department, YMCA (1916-1919), General Secretary of the Student Volunteer Movement (1919-1927) and Executive Secretary of the Near East Christian Council (1927-1933). He died on March 27, 1938.
From the description of Robert Parmelee Wilder papers, 1840-1940 (inclusive). (Yale University). WorldCat record id: 702165225
Born in India of missionary parents: Royal Gould Wilder and
Eliza Jane (Smith) Wilder
in the founding of the Student Volunteer Movement for Foreign Missions at Mt.
to colleges and universities throughout the U.S. on behalf of the Student
in Europe; instrumental in founding of British Student Volunteer Missionary
Helene Sophie Olsson who became mother of his four daughters: Ruth, Grace,
Elizabeth and Dorothy
India as secretary of the college department of the Y.M.C.A.
In the U.S.
General Secretary of
the Indian National Council of Y.M.C.A.'s. Forced to return from India due to
Traveling secretary for Student Christian Movement of Norway, Sweden,
Denmark and Finland
with the Student Christian Movement of Great Britain and Ireland as Traveling
Secretary, London Secretary and Evangelistic Secretary. During this period
Wilder also worked for the World Student Christian Federation, speaking at
universities throughout continental Europe.
Senior Secretary of Religious Work Department of International Committee
of Y.M.C.A. (in U.S.A.)
Secretary of Student Volunteer Movement for Foreign Missions
Executive Secretary of
Near East Christian Council
conferences for the Intervarsity Fellowship of Evangelical Unions in Great
1938 Mar 27:
Biographical information taken from Who Was Who in America, Vol. 1, 1897-1942
From the guide to the Robert Parmelee Wilder Papers, 1840-1940, (Yale University Divinity School Library)