One of the greatly loved
preachers of his day, Frederick Brotherton
Meyer was a pastor, author, Bible teacher
and evangelist. He was born in London in 1847
and grew up in a Christian home. After attending
Brighton College, he graduated from London
University in 1869 and completed his theological
training at Regents Park Baptist College.
Dr. Meyer began pastoring in 1870, and in
1872 he went to Priory Street Baptist Chapel.
There he met D. L. Moody, who made a lasting
impression upon his life and taught him valuable
spiritual lessons. These two godly men formed
a lifelong friendship. In 1895 he went to
Christ Church in London, with only 100 attending.
Within two years he was preaching regularly
to over 2,000. He remained there for fifteen
years and then began a ministry of conference
preaching and evangelism, traveling to South
Africa and the Far East on mission endeavors.
He returned to England to pastor for several
years before he died in 1929. Although, for
the most part, his pastorates were in England,
Dr. Meyer was a frequent visitor to the United
States and Canada. At the age of 80, he conducted
his twelfth American preaching campaign, traveling
more than 15,000 miles and addressing over
300 meetings. During his long and fruitful
life, he preached more than 16,000 sermons.
Said one author: "The phrasing of [Meyer's]
sermons was simple and direct; he polished
his discourses as an artist polishes a perfect
stone. There was always a glowing imagery
in his words; his speech was pastoral, lovely
as an English valley washed in sunlight....In
his day, great wars raged. Those who went
to hear him forgot the battles." A distinct
feature of F. B. Meyer's ministry was his
outcry against the social evils of his day.
Not only was he effective in the temperance
movement, but he was also responsible for
the closing of over 500 houses of prostitution.
He also formed a prison aid society. A devoted
student of God's Word, he was the author of
over 40 books, including Bible biographies
(character studies), devotional commentaries,
sermon volumes and expository works. He also
authored several pamphlets and edited a number
of magazines. He had great influence upon
such giants of the Faith as J. Wilbur Chapman
and Charles H. Spurgeon. It was Spurgeon who
said, "Meyer preaches as a man who has
seen God face to face."