Listen to the early beginner piano arrangement of Jesus! What A Friend for Sinners.
John Wilbur Chapman (June 17, 1859, Richmond, Indiana – December 25, 1918, New York, New York) was a Presbyterian evangelist, and author of Jesus! What A Friend for Sinners, in the late 19th Century. In 1905, John H. Converse, a wealthy Presbyterian philanthropist, offered to underwrite Chapman’s expenses if he would re-enter the evangelistic field full time. Chapman accepted the offer and in 1907 joined forces with popular gospel singer Charles McCallon Alexander to launch the “Chapman-Alexander Simultaneous Campaign.” The duo assembled an impressive team of evangelists and songleaders and took to the streets. The first joint campaign was held in Philadelphia from March 12 to April 19, 1908. They partitioned the city into 42 sections covered by 21 evangelist-musicians teams. They spent three weeks on each half of the city, resulting in approximately 8000 conversions. Over the next nine years the duo traveled the world conducting meetings and paving the way for similar evangelists, including Billy Sunday and Billy Graham.
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