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Albert William Beaven, American clergyman.


Beaven, Albert William was born on October 21, 1882 in Moscow, Idaho, United States. Son of Review Samuel William and Lizzie Josephine (Baker) Beaven.


Bachelor of Arts, Shurtleff College, Alton, Illinois, 1906. Graduate Rochester Theological Seminary, 1909, Bachelor of Divinity, 1930. Doctor of Divinity, Shurtleff, 1919, University of Rochester, 1920, McMaster University, 1931.

Colby College, 1940; Doctor of Laws, Hillsdale College, Hillsdale, Michigan, 1930. Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters, Alfred U., 1939.


Ordained Baptist minister, 1908. Pastor Lake Avenue Church, Rochester, New York, 1909-1929. Developed “Three Period Session Plan” of religious education.

“Wednesday Night Club” idea for the midweek service. “Church Service Corps” form of parish organization. President and professor practical theology, Colgate-Rochester Divinity School since July 1, 1929.

Lecturer on “Church Management” at Rochester Theological Seminary, 1923, 29. At Summer Conference Union Theological Seminary, 1924. Convention preacher Northern Baptist Convention, 1922.

1st vice president same 1924-1925 and 1928-1929, president, 1930-1931. Served as university preacher, Cornell Univercity, Mount Holyoke, University of Chicago, Duke, Columbia, Wesleyan University, Pennsylvania State College. Lecturer, Chautauqua, New York, 1927 and 1929.

Cole lecturer Vanderbilt University, 1939. Young Men’s Christian Association work, Camp Wadsworth, South Carolina., 1917. Secretary Young Men’s Christian Association, in the United States, France and Germany, World War.

President board of managers Newark (New York) Custodia Asylum, 1915-1918. President of the board of trustees Rochester Theological Seminary, 1922-1928, Colgate-Rochester Division School, 1928-1929. President New York State Council of Churches, 1932.

President Federal Churches of Rochester and Monroe County, 1932-1933.


  • Other Work

    • Author: Fine Art of Living Together. Putting the Church on a Full Time Basis. Sermons for Every Day Living.Fireside Talks with the Family Circle. The Lift of a Far View. The Local Church—Its Purpose and Program.Remaking Life. Contributor to church periodicals. Also chapters in various vols. on religion.


Member Board of Education of Northern Baptist Convention. Member at large Associate Boards for Christian Colls. in China. Member board of managers International Society of Christian Endeavor.

Member board of managers Rochester Public Library. Member editorial board of Religion in Life. Member board directors Rochester Civic Music Association since 1931.

Member board directors Rochester Community Chest. Member Chamber Commerce (Rochester), Pi Gamma Mu, Theta Phi, Alpha Chi. Mason. Honorary; member Rochester Rotary.


Married Grace Hunter Haddow, June 23, 1909 (died April 15, 1938).; married second, Marion Harrison Barbour, May 27, 1939. Children: Winifred Elizabeth (deceased), Mary-Jean (Mistress Bradford Sherman Abernethy), Robert Haddow, Margaret Helen.

Review Samuel William Beaven

Lizzie Josephine (Baker) Beaven

Grace Hunter Haddow

Marion Harrison Barbour

Robert Haddow Beaven

Margaret Helen Beaven

Winifred Elizabeth Beaven (deceased)

Mary-Jean Beaven (Mistress Bradford Sherman Abernethy)