Kenyon (1867 - 1948) was an evangelist, pastor, president of a
Bible Institute, author, songwriter and poet. He is best known for the
numerous books that he authored that are still in great demand today.
Kenyon’s writings dramatically unfold the glorious truths of the revelation
given to the apostle Paul in simple, concise language. He wrote for the
spirit man, addressing the heart more than the head.
Understanding the Father-heart of God, who we are in Christ, and the
authority and privileges of the believer were central to Kenyon’s message.
In his writings Kenyon calls the believer up and out of the mire of
traditional unbelief into the deep, rich treasures of our redemption in
Christ. Many lives have been transformed reading his simple, yet profound
The Early Years
Born to a poor family in New England in 1867, he grew up with little
education. When he was dramatically converted in a Methodist prayer
meeting at the age of 17, he immediately began to enthusiastically win
souls. An obvious gift and passion emerged for the lost, which would
govern his life. His gift as an evangelist began to bear abundant fruit.
He also vowed he would become an educator. As he encountered the struggles
that often enter the life of a new convert, however, Kenyon did not have
the necessary foundation to stand. He had not been discipled in the basic
doctrines of the faith and older ministers had infected him with doubt.
Years later, he lamented the fact that he had not received the Holy Spirit
in these early years, either.
So E W Kenyon gradually slipped away from the Lord. He walked in darkness
and broken fellowship for about two and a half years. In 1893, newly
married and living in Boston, he and his bride attended a service at the
Clarendon Street Baptist Church, then pastored by the respected Bible
teacher A J Gordon. At the service, the Spirit came mightily on Kenyon and
he forever gave himself back to the Lord.
wanted to follow the pattern he had seen modeled by George Muller in
trusting God for everything. Restored to his Lord and to his calling, he
immediately began to win souls to Christ. Within a few months he was
ordained among the Free Will Baptists and was pastoring one of their
pastored various churches in New England for a few years, and then started
an independent work. He left the denomination so that he could trust the
Lord completely for his finances, unhappy with the ways money was raised in
the churches. He wanted to follow the pattern he had seen modeled by George
Muller in trusting God for everything.
As Kenyon continued to minister, many young people approached him about
training. He began to consider beginning a Bible school. He knew from his
own bitter experience
the necessity of grounding new believers in the faith. He had fallen away
because of the lack of such grounding. Around the turn of the century, he
opened the Bethel Bible Institute. Many young people came to learn the
Word of God and the life of faith. It was entirely a faith work. No
tuition was charged and the teachers were not paid a salary.
Everything was done through prayer. Well educated Bible teachers gave up
good positions to join Kenyon in training young people and live the life of
faith. Missionaries were trained and sent from the Institute around the
world and around the U. S.
The Later Years
Kenyon left the East Coast in 1923 and relocated to Southern California. He
preached for many pastors in the area and he was extremely well received.
Miracles of healing were common when he preached. Eventually, Kenyon
pastored a work in Los Angeles which grew to about a thousand members. He
had two books in print and a monthly publication. An enthusiastic audience
greeted him at each of his many weekly services.
Kenyon relocated a third time. This time he moved to the Northwest,
eventually settling in Seattle. He resumed radio ministry which he had begun
while in Los Angeles and soon found an appreciative audience for his
teaching. Public meetings soon evolved into a church. New Covenant Baptist
Church, Seattle Bible Institute and The Herald of Life publication were soon
in full swing.
Kenyon’s writing ministry flourished in his Northwest years. He revised his
first two books and published many others. His daughter Ruth, finished
compiling two near-completed books after his death. These edifying books
continue to refresh, encourage and illuminate those who read them,
challenging them to possess all that Christ purchased for them in His
Finished Work. If you haven’t read any of his writings, you will be blessed
as you feast on his unfolding of our great salvation.
of his books:
The Two Kinds of Life
New Creation Realities
The Father and His
The Two Kinds of Faith
The Two Kinds of
The Bible in the Light
of Our Redemption
The Advanced Bible Course
Jesus The Healer