The author of a 2002 biography described him as “Evangelism's First Modern Media Star.” He was born in Moundsville, West Virginia and began his education in Appalachia, attending Allegheny College in Meadville, Pennsylvania. He was ordained in the Methodist Episcopal Church in 1914 and pastored in cities including Detroit; Kansas City, Missouri; San Francisco; and San Jose. He also taught preaching at the Boston University School of Theology.
Additional information can be found in Chapter XIII of Edgar Dewitt Jones, American Preachers of To-Day: Intimate Appraisals of Thirty-Two Leaders (Indianapolis: Bobbs-Merrill, 1933).
Marshall owns several of Stidger’s many books, including a volume of sermons entitled God is at the Organ. It is under copyright protection until 2022, so scans cannot be included in the Library, but information about the sermons is included in the User Guides. Researchers may contact the Special Collections Department to learn more.
Robert H. Ellison
The User Guide for the Library of Appalachian Preaching is a Google Sheet that can be searched, sorted, and downloaded for offline use.
This part of the Guide provides information about Stidger's sermons. It includes the title, sermon text, date and place the sermon was preached (if known), and so on. This information is available in the master list of sermons as well.