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Missionary , church executive.

George Wayland Carpenter, American missionary, church executive. Decorated Gold medal Ordre Royal du Lion, chevalier Ordre Royal du Leopold II (Belgium). Founding fellow Africa Studies Association; member Council Foreign Relations, International. Fellowship. Reconciliation.


Carpenter, George Wayland was born on January 6, 1901 in Greenfield, New York, United States. Son of Daniel William and Mary Edith (Carr) Carpenter.


Bachelor of Science, Union College, Schenectady, 1921, Doctor of Divinity, 1943. Bachelor of Divinity, Colgate Rochester Division School, 1925. Master of Arts, Yale, 1936, Doctor of Philosophy., 1937.


Ordained to ministry Baptist Church, 1925, appointed missionary American Baptist Foreign Missionary Society, 1925. Teacher, Kimpese, Belgian Congo, 1926-1929, 30-35. Educational secretary Congo Protestant Council, 1937-1948.

Managing director Central Protestant Literature Agency and Press, Leopoldville, 1940-1952. Africa secretary div. foreign missions National Council Churches Christ in the United States, 1953-1957, member Executive Committee department international affairs. Secretary International Missionary Council, 1957-1961.

Secretary div. world mission and evangelism World Council Churches, 1961-1965. Executive chairman Coordinating Committee Christian Broadcasting, from 1963. Consultant div. overseas ministries National Council Churches Trustee Phelps-Stokes Fund.

President North Warren Board Education, 1973-1974. Founder, charter member, trustee Horicon History Society Museum.


  • Other Work

    • Author: Highways for God in Congo, 1952. The Way in Africa, 1958. Encounter of the Faiths, 1967.


Fellowship. Reconciliation.


Married Isabel Frances West, July 6, 1937.

Daniel William Carpenter

Mary Edith (Carr) Carpenter

Isabel Frances West