Dr. Harold John Ockenga

For nearly half a century, Harold John Ockenga’s name was virtually synonymous with that of evangelicalism as he voiced its concerns and convictions and provided leadership for nearly every one of its institutions: serving as founder and first president of the National Association of Evangelicals for United Action; as president of the American Board of the World Evangelical Fellowship; as president, co-founder and later Chairman of the Board of Fuller Theological Seminary; as Chairman of the Board of Christianity Today; as a director of the Christian Freedom Foundation; as a member of the board of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association; as editor of the Evangelical Book Club; as chair of the National Association of Evangelicals’ International Commission; and as the founding president of Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary.

In addition to these tasks, he found time to write some fifteen books and scores of articles, to produce over one hundred archival boxes of letters, journals, date books, and memorabilia, to produce nearly three thousand manuscript sermons and addresses and to leave a legacy of active ministry around the world. (written by Dr. Garth Rosell)


In the photo below, Dr. Ockenga is seen sitting with Dr. Billy Graham, one of the founders of Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary.