George Walter Ballenger, American clergyman. member 28th Wis.
Ballenger, George Walter was born on April 1, 1860 in Monroe, Wisconsin, United States. Son of Asa A. (member 28th Wisconsin Volumes and killed in battle at Petersburg, Virginia, 1865) and Rebecca M. (Steckle) B.
Entered Soldiers’ Orphans’ Home, Madison, Wisconsin, at age of 7. Started for self at 14. Student State Academy, and Winslow High School, Madison, Wisconsin.
Illinois Evangelical Conference Seminary, 1880-1884. Graduate Oskaloosa (Iowa) College (Doctor of Divinity, 1911).
2d, Annie Robinson, 1889. Licensed to preach in Evangelical Church, 1880. Ordained elder, 1885.
Pastor under Evangelical Conference, Illinois, 1881-1886, Fairbury, Illinois, 1886-1887, 6th Avenue Church, Chicago. 1887-1891; lecturer for National Religious Liberty Association, 1 year, and city mission work in Chicago. ordained Baptist ministry, 1891. Pastor Tremont, Illinois, 1892-1899.
Missionary evangelist, Illinois, 1899-1900. Pastor 1st Church, Clinton, Illinois, 1901-1903. Retired, 1903; elected honorary pastor for life, 1st Church, Tremont, 1911.