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Clergyman

Elmer Ellsworth Helms, American clergyman. Member General Conference of Methodist Episcopal Church Church, 1924, 32, alternate, 1936; member Ecumenical Methodist Conference, Atlanta, 1931. Trustee University of Southern California Platform lecturer. Won first prize National Sermon Contest, 1904.; Member Kappa Sigma.

Background

Helms, Elmer Ellsworth was born on November 8, 1863 in Ada, Ohio, United States. Son of Daniel and Elizabeth (Miller) Helms.

Education

A.M., Ohio Northern U., 1888, Doctor of Philosophy., 1894, Doctor of Laws, 1925, Doctor of Letters, 1936, Doctor of Humane Letters, 1946. S.T.D., Syracuse University, 1925. Doctor of Divinity, University of Southern California, 1926.

Career

Superintendent of public schools, Hutchinson, Kansas, 1888-1890. Traveling college secretary Young Men’s Christian Association, 1890-1891. Ordained ministry Methodist Episcopal Church, 1891.

Pastor Smethport, Pennsylvania, 1891-1894. Central Park, Buffalo, New York, 1894-1897, Springville, New York, 1897-1899, again Central Park 1899-1902. Linwood Avenue Church, Buffalo, 1902-1905, Plymouth Church, Buffalo, 1905-1911, Central Church, Wilkes-Barre Pennsylvania, 1911-1916, Calvary Church, Philadelphia, 1916-1920 First Church, Los Angeles, California, 1920-1933 (built and financed church plant at cost of $1,500,000).

Raised 8 million dollars for churches and instns.

Works

  • Other Work

    • Author: That Young Man, 1893. The Gate to the Gospel. 1913, 3d edit, 1925

    • The Living Bread, 1920.God in History, 1923. Forgotten Stories, 3d edit., 1924. Booze, Bootleggers, Beer, 1926.Men Who Made and Marred History, 1928. The Gospel of the Mediterranean, 1930. Life Stories, 1937

    • Trailing the Presidents, 1940.The President’s Wives, 1941. Numerous and Humorous Stories of the Presidents, 1943. Kate Field, 1944

    • More Life Stories, 1947.Also more than 30 booklets and pamphlets. Contributor to The Upper Room, The Christian Advocate, Liberator, National Voice, Readers Digest, Upper Room Pulpit and other religious periodicals.

Membership

Member General Conference of Methodist Episcopal Church Church, 1924, 32, alternate, 1936. Member Ecumenical Methodist Conference, Atlanta, 1931. Trustee University of Southern California Platform lecturer.

Won first prize National Sermon Contest, 1904. Member Kappa Sigma.; Clubs: Southern California Auto, Los Angeles Country.

Connections

Married Ora Hoy, July 26, 1888 (died May 12, 1894).; married second, Lois Stanbro, October 2, 1899 (deceased November 25, 1951). Children: Paul Hoy, Ruth (deceased).

father:
Daniel Helms

mother:
Elizabeth (Miller) Helms

spouse:
Ora Hoy

spouse:
Lois Stanbro

child:
Paul Hoy Helms

child:
Ruth Helms (deceased)