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W. Stanford Reid: An Evangelical Calvinist in the Academy by A. Donald MacLeod

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By A. Donald MacLeod

MacLeod's in-depth research examines how an observant Christian educational, unapologetically Calvinist, brazenly articulated his religion in an earthly atmosphere and helped persuade evangelicals to desert their ghettoizing anti-intellectualism. His dialogue of Reid's overseas networking serves as a reminder of ways within which Canadian evangelicalism used to be prompted by way of and in flip inspired the U.S., the place Reid's effect was once considerable, either as a trustee of Westminster Seminary for thirty-seven years and as editor at huge of the nascent Christianity at the present time. W. Stanford Reid is a poignant, in-depth research of the lifetime of a guy whose occupation spanned academia and church.

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D. QXD 7/23/2004 4:24 PM 24 Page 24 W. Stanford Reid the story: “On an evening in 1910 in a town where I was a stranger, with nothing to do, I noticed in the local paper that a Miss Daisy Stanford, a returned missionary from India, was to give an address on ‘Mission Work in India,’ illustrated with lantern slides. I strolled around to the church, but, being a little late, the lights were out and she was already giving her lecture with her slides thrown on the screen. I noted she had a nicely-modulated voice and a good sense of humour that ever and anon lighted up the address.

After the lecture was over, I went forward to congratulate her on her address. She was talking to some ladies, and I waited. ’s photo, and apparently the unmistakable Reid facial features had been lodged in her memory. It appears to have been love almost at first sight. D. Reid. , was self-made and self-taught, and known for her strong individuality and upbeat personality. 26 In the 1881 census enumeration her father is described both as “house decorator” and “evangelist,” and the family’s home is listed as the Mission Hall, Cootham, a small grouping of substandard homes in a bog west of Storrington.

McQueen. McQueen’s church, First Presbyterian in Edmonton, had been dedicated earlier that year in time to host the Assembly. McQueen, a pioneer minister in western Canada, spent half a century as minister in Edmonton, watching it grow from stockade trading post to provincial capital. ’s work as Alberta missions superintendent. D. enjoyed as well as their close friendship. McQueen proved to be a formidable opponent of Church Union, one of a very small group of western clergy. Charles W. 42 The newlyweds sailed almost immediately to Montreal on their honeymoon.

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