Women’s History Month: Henrietta Mears

Henrietta Mears was one of the twentieth century’s most “influential mentors of young Christian leaders in the country," including the evangelist Billy Graham, Bill Bright, founder of Campus Crusade for Christ, and Dawson Trotman, founder of The Navigators, just to name a few! Her venerable book, “What the Bible is All About,” has been reprinted multiple times since becoming a best seller in 1953.

In her years as director of Christian Education at Hollywood Presbyterian Church, she implemented a Sunday school curriculum geared from children to adults. In just two years, Sunday school attendance soared from 450 to 4,200 a week. She formed Gospel Light Publications in 1933, which has translated her Bible study material into dozens of languages. She said, “the important thing is answering the need.” And quoting from Ecclesiastes 9:10, “Whatever thy hand findeth to do, do it with all thy might.”

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