William Ashley (Billy) Sunday
1862 - 1935

American Evangelist

ď Iím against sin.  Iíll kick it as long as Iíve got a foot, and Iíll fight it as long as Iíve got a fist.  Iíll butt it as long as Iíve got a head.  Iíll bite it as long as Iíve got a tooth.  And when Iím old and fist less and footless and toothless, Iíll gum it till I go home to Glory and it goes home to perdition! Ē

William A. Sunday was born November 19, 1862, in a two-room log cabin near Ames, Iowa.  His father was in the Union army then, where he soon died of pneumonia so Billy never knew his father.

The evangelist died November 6, 1935, at the age of 72.  His funeral was held in Moody Church, Chicago, with the sermon by H. A. Ironside, pastor.

Sunday held some three hundred crusades in thirty-nine years.  It is estimated that a hundred million heard him speak in great tabernacles before public address systems were invented.  And more than a million people made a profession of faith in Christ as Saviour under his preaching.

He was probably the most spectacular evangelist since John the Baptist.  His long-time associate, Dr. Homer Rodeheaver, called him ďthe greatest gospel preacher since the Apostle Paul.Ē

Billy was outfielder on the Chicago White Stockings baseball team when he was converted.  One night, with baseball cronies, he heard a group singing on the streets of Chicago, ďWhere is My Wandering Boy Tonight?Ēóhis motherís favorite song. He went to Pacific Garden Mission and was converted.

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 SOME OF BILLY SUNDAY'S SERMONS


Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee. ó- Psalms 119:11