Royer (1914) Thirty Three Years of Missions in the Church of the Brethren


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Royer, Galen B. Thirty Three Years of Missions in the Church of the Brethren. (Elgin, IL: Brethren Publishing House, 1914) Second Edition.

Octavo. 448 pages with illustrations. Hardcover. Bound in maroon cloth-covered boards stamped in gilt.

Condition: Good. Library pocket and original owner’s name on first free endpaper. Newspaper clipping of book review pasted to copyright page casting shadow on facing page. Front hings showing wear, but neither cracked nor broken.

Galen B. Royer was born in Lewisburg, PA on September 8, 1862.  In 1883 he received a BEngl. from Juniata College and in the same year moved to Mt. Morris, IL.  In 1885 he married Anna Martha Miller with whom he had two daughters: Kathren Royer Holsopple and Ruth Royer Kulp.  Royer succeeded his brother-in-law, D. L. Miller in 1890 as secretary of what later became the General Mission Board.  After his retirement as secretary in 1918, he taught missions at Juniata College from 1918 to 1924.  He was elected a minister in 1889 and an elder in 1907.  He wrote a series of biographies of biblical characters for his children, several books on Brethren missions, history, and leaders.  He also edited The Missionary Visitor and The Gospel Messenger missions section, from 1894-1912.  He died on June 4, 1951 near Huntingdon, PA. – Brethren Historical Society and Archives.