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Robert James Mccracken


Robert James Mccracken, British clergyman. Member St. Andrew’s Society of State New York, Century Association; Club: Canadian of New York (honorary).


Mccracken, Robert James was born on March 28, 1904 in Motherwell, Scotland. Son of Joseph and Sarah (Carson) Mccracken.


Master of Arts, University Glasgow, 1925, Bachelor of Divinity, 1928. Student Cambridge, 1937-1938. Doctor of Divinity, McMaster U., Ontario, 1946, Bucknell University, 1947, U. Glasgow, 1949, Colgate University, 1950.

S.T.D., Columbia, 1950. Doctor of Humane Letters, Bates College, 1951, Shurtleff College, 1952, Pratt Institute, 1958. Doctor of Divinity, Denison U., 1953, U. Vermont, 1956, Princeton, 1956, Wake Forest College, 1958, Colby College 1960, Lafayette College, 1968.


; children—James Desmond, Richard Norman. Married second, Sally Koch, July 1972. Moved to Canada, 1938, to the United States, 1946.

Ordained to ministry Baptist Church, 1928. Pastor Marshall St. Baptist Church, Edinburgh, Scotland, 1928-1932. Dennistoun Baptist Church, Glasgow, 1932-1937.

Lecturer in systematic theology, Baptist Theological College of Scotland, 1932-1937. Associate professor Christian theology and philosophy of religion McMaster U., Hamilton, Ontario, 1938-1944, head department Christian theology and philosophy of religion 1944-1946. Pastor Riverside Church, New York City 1946-1967, minister emeritus, since 1967-1973.

Lecturer in practical theology, Union Theol Seminary, New York City, 1949-1954, associate professor, 1954-1966, Adjunct Professor, 1966-1967. Sprunt lecturer, Union Theological Seminary, Richmond, Virginia, 1952. Shaffer Foundation lecturer Yale, 1950.

Stone lecturer Princeton Theological Seminary, 1954. And other named lectureships schools, colls. and seminars President Baptist Convention of Ontario and Quebec, 1945-1946. Delegate to World Conference on Faith and Order, Lund, Sweden, 1952.

Delegate World Conference, Faith and Order, Edinburgh, 1937. Vice Chairman of the Board Correction, New York City, 1958. Trustee Colgate Rochester Divinity School, 1960-1964.

President of the board of trustees Institute Religious and Social Studies, New York City. Past director Morningside Heights, Inc.


  • Author: Questions People Ask, 1951. The Making of the Sermon, 1956. Putting Faith to Work, 1960.

    What Is Sin? What is Virtue?, 1966.


Member St. Andrew’s Society of State New York, Century Association. Club: Canadian of New York (honorary).


Married Maud Orr Ibbotson, March 1929 (deceased.; married second, Sally Koch, July 1972. Children: James Desmond, Richard Norman.

Joseph Mccracken

Sarah (Carson) Mccracken

Maud Orr Ibbotson

Sally Koch

James Desmond Mccracken

Richard Norman Mccracken