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James A. Deweerd


James A. Deweerd, American clergyman. Recipient Purple Heart, Oak Leaf Cluster, Silver Star; George Washington Honor award Freedoms Foundation, 1970.


Deweerd, James A. was born on May 23, 1916 in Olivet, Illinois, United States. Son of Fred and Lelia Z. (Benedict) DeW.


Student Marion College, Master of Arts, Ball State University, 1967. Bachelor of Arts Taylor U., 1937. Doctor of Divinity, 1949.

Postgraduate Cambridge U. (England), 1958.


Public speaker evangelist, lecturer 1937-1972. President Christian Witness Association, editor monthly publication The Christian Witness 1947-1957. President Kletzing College (now Vennard College), 1949-1951.

Daily broadcast and weekly television over World's Largest Wireles. Cincinnati, 1952-1957. Chaplain general S.A.R., 1969-1971.

Secretary board education public schools, Fairmount, 1946-1949. Chairman Jay County (Indiana) United Fund Drive, 1969-1970. board directors, 1967-1972. Chairman Juvenile Delinquency Study Commission, State of Indiana, 1952-1956.

President board of trustees Bethany (Kentucky) Children’s Home, 1948-1957, board directors, 1946-1972.


  • Author: The Realities of Christian Experience, 1940. Memory is Bitter-Sweet. 1952

  • Stories My Mother Told Me, 1955.

    What is Worthwhile, 1970.


Served as chaplain (captain) United States Army, northern France, 1943-1945. Member S.A.R. (Gold Good Citizenship medal 1969, Patriot’s medal 1970, Minuteman award, 1971), National Association Conference Evangelists (vice president 1969-1972), National Association Evangs. (member of commission on evangelism and spiritual life), Association for Advancement of Ethical Hypnosis, International Platform Association, National Education Association, Young Men’s Christian Association, American Legion, Military Chaplain’s Association.


Married Mildred J. Geyer, June 5, 1963.

Fred DeW.

Lelia Z. (Benedict) DeW.

Mildred J. Geyer