Robert Pierce Shuler, 1880-1965,Methodist Preacher
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Robert Pierce Shuler
Robert Shuler was born August 4, 1880, in the foothills of
the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia. At the age of nine,
kneeling between his mother and his preacher-uncle in "the
meetin' house" at Comer's Rocks, he received Christ to be his
Lord and Saviour. His primary education consisted of a three-
month school, where he mastered the McGuffey's Readers. In
1897 he entered Emory and Henry College as a sub-freshman,
and was graduated in 1903. Two years later he married Nelle
Revees, and the same year entered the Holston Conference of
the Methodist Church.
Endowed with a good mind and an even better wit, he
was an excellent extemporaneous speaker. In addition to this,
his great courage, coupled with his conservative theology and
evangelistic fervor, prompted him to ever preach with the al-
tar call in view.
In 1920 he became pastor of the Trinity Methodist
Church of Los Angeles, a position he occupied until his
death. He began with a depleted congregation and saw it grow
to 5,000 in the 1930s. In 1929, he was given a radio station
which was housed in the tower of his church. It became a
strong voice against crime and corruption in Southern Cali-
fornia. His life was threatened many times, his church was
bombed, he was sued and put in jail. He ran for United States
Senator on the Prohibition ticket in 1932 and lost by only
His writings included The Methodist Challenge, What
New Doctrine Is This?, Some Dogs I Have Known, and I Met Them
on the Trail. Three of his sons followed him in the ministry.
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