Robert Reynolds Jones, best
known as Dr. Bob Jones, Sr., was born October
30, 1883, the eleventh of twelve children,
in Shipperville, Alabama. Converted at age
11, he was a Sunday school superintendent
at 12 and ordained to the ministry by a Methodist
church at 15. Dr. Bob was a Christ-exalting,
sin-condemning preacher who first began preaching
in the cotton fields, in country churches
and in brush arbors.
Later he held huge campaigns
in American cities large and small and preached
around the world.
Billy Sunday called him the
greatest evangelist of all time, saying, He
has the wit of Sam Jones, the homely philosophy
of George Stuart, the eloquence of Sam Small
and the spiritual fervency of Dwight L. Moody.
He saw crowds up to 10,000 in his meetings,
with many thousands finding Christ in one
single campaign. But Dr. Jones was more than
an evangelist. As a pioneer in the field of
Christian education, he founded Bob Jones
University in 1927.