Social Activist

Ivan Illich

Ivan Illich

September 4, 1926 - December 2, 2002
Philosopher and Priest
From Vienna, Austria
Served in United States, Mexico, and Germany
Affiliation: Catholic
"The machine-like behaviour of people chained to electronics constitutes a degradation of their well-being and of their dignity which, for most people in the long run, becomes intolerable. Observations of the sickening effect of programmed environments show that people in them become indolent, impotent, narcissistic and apolitical. The political process breaks down, because people cease to be able to govern themselves; they demand to be managed."

Dorothy Day

Dorothy Day

November 8, 1897 - November 29, 1980
Journalist, Social Activist and Co-founder of the Catholic Worker Movement
From Brooklyn, New York
Served in New York City
Affiliation: Catholic
"The mystery of the poor is this: That they are Jesus, and what you do for them you do for Him. It is the only way we have of knowing and believing in our love. The mystery of poverty is that by sharing in it, making ourselves poor in giving to others, we increase our knowledge of and belief in love."

Frank Buchman

Frank Buchman

June 6, 1878 - August 7, 1961
Founder of the Oxford Group
From Pennsburg, Pennsylvania
Served in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Affiliation: Lutheran
"I can only tell you I sat there and realized how my sin, my pride, my selfishness and my ill-will had eclipsed me from God in Christ. I was the center of my own life. That big “I” had to be crossed out... I asked God to change me... It produced in me a vibrant feeling, as though a strong current of life had suddenly been poured into me, and afterwards a dazed sense of a great spiritual shaking up."

Milton Hershey

Milton Hershey

September 13, 1857 - October 13, 1945
Founder of Hershey Chocolate Company 
From Derry Township, Pennsylvania
Served in Hershey, Pennsylvania (Derry Township)
Affiliation: Mennonite
"God speaks through men to speak the truth, our hands to do His work here below, voices and clean hands to make liberty and love prevail over injustice and hate."

Florence Nightingale

Florence Nightingale

May 12, 1820 - August 13, 1910
Founder of Modern Day Nursing
From Florence
Served in The Crimean War
Affiliation: Anglican
"People talk about imitating Christ, and imitate Him in the little trifling formal things... but if anyone attempts the real imitation of Him, there are no bounds to the outcry with which the presumption of that person is condemned."

David Livingstone

David Livingstone

March 19, 1813 - May 1, 1873
Medical Missionary and Abolitionist to Africa
From South Lanarkshire, Scotland
Served in Zambia
Affiliation: Congregational
Death: In Zambia from malaria and internal bleeding while kneeling in prayer at his bedside
"I place no value on anything I have or may possess, except in relation to the kingdom of Christ. If anything will advance the interests of the kingdom, it shall be given away or kept, only as by giving or keeping it I shall promote the glory of Him to whom I owe all my hopes in time and eternity."

Phoebe Palmer

Phoebe Palmer

December 18, 1807 - November 2, 1874
Evangelist, Writer and Founder of the Five Points Mission in 1850, a mission to the slum area in New York City
From New York City
Served in New York City, New York
Affiliation: Methodist
"God's time is now. The question is not, ‘What have I been?’ or ‘What do I expect to be?’ but, ‘Am I now trusting in Jesus to save to the uttermost?’ If so, I am now saved from all sin."

George Mueller

George Mueller

September 27, 1805 - March 10, 1898
Founder of Orphanages and Schools through England and Founding Member of the Plymouth Brethren
From Prussia
Served in Bristol, England
Affiliation: Plymouth Brethren
“It is a common temptation of Satan to make us give up the reading of the Word and prayer when our enjoyment is gone; as if it were of no use to read the Scriptures when we do not enjoy them, and as if it were no use to pray when we have no spirit of prayer.”

John Henry Newman

John Henry Newman

February 21, 1801 - August 11, 1890
Minister and Leader of the Oxford Movement
From London, England
Served in London, England
Affiliation: Anglican
"A religious mind is ever looking out of itself, is ever recalling to itself Him on whom it depends, and who is the centre of all truth and good... The dividing line between God and the world goes through each man's heart. The worldly man is one whose heart is so earthbound that he has forgotten that he is made for heaven... The sinner would not enjoy heaven if he went there; not til he has turned from his sin and is once more looking towards God."

Charles Finney

Charles Finney

August 29, 1792 - August 16, 1875
Pastor, Educator, Theologian
From Warren, Connecticut
Served in Oberlin, Ohio
Affiliation: Congregational
"A revival may be expected when Christians have a spirit of prayer for a revival. That is, when they pray as if their hearts were set upon it. When Christians have the spirit of prayer for a revival. When they go about groaning out their hearts desire. When they have real travail of soul."

Richard Allen

Richard Allen

February 14, 1760 - March 26, 1831
Preacher and Founder of the African Methodist Episcopal Church (AME)
From Sussex County, Delaware
Served in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Affiliation: African Methodist Episcopal Church (AME)
"My sins were a heavy burden. I was tempted to believe there was no mercy for me. I cried to the Lord both night and day. One night I thought hell would be my portion. I cried unto Him who delighteth to hear the prayers of a poor sinner; and all of a sudden my dungeon shook, my chains flew off, and glory to God, I cried. My soul was filled. I cried, enough for me--the Saviour died. Now my confidence was strengthened that the Lord, for Christ's sake, had heard my prayers, and pardoned all my sins."

William Wilberforce

William Wilberforce

August 24, 1759 - July 29, 1833
Politician who single-handedly abolished Great Britain's Slave Trade
From Kingston upon Hull, Great Britain
Served in London, England
Affiliation: Anglican
"Christianity has been successfully attacked and marginalized… because those who professed belief were unable to defend the faith from attack, even though its attackers’ arguments were deeply flawed."

George Whitefield

George Whitefield

December 27, 1714 - September 30, 1770
Evangelist during the First Great Awakening, Founder of an Orphanage in Savannah, GA, Co-Founder with Benjamin Franklin of the University of Pennsylvania and Founding Member of Methodism
From Gloucester, England
Served in England and Colonial America
Affiliation: Methodist
"You may have orthodox heads, and yet you may have the devil in your hearts."