Heroes of Faith — FB Meyer

Frederick Brotherton (FB) Meyer (1847–1929) was very popular English Baptist pastor and evangelist who was also involved in inner-city missionary work.

This year is the 175thth anniversary of his birth.

He was born in London on April 8, 1847 to a Christian home and attended Brighton College, a public boarding school. In 1869 he graduated from the University of London and then studied theology at Regent’s Park College, Oxford.

Long ministry

Meyer began a long field ministry in 1870. His first pastorate was at Liverpool’s Pembroke Baptist Chapel. Two years later he was pastor of Priory Street Baptist Church in York. In York he met the American evangelist Dwight L. Moody. Meyer introduced Moody to several churches in England. The two preachers became lifelong friends.

Meyer was pastor of Victoria Road Church from 1874 to 1878 and of Melbourne Hall from 1878 to 1888, both in Leicester. For the next four years he served at Regent’s Park Chapel in London.

In 1895 he became pastor of Christ Church in Lambeth, a suburb of London. Only 100 people attended the church, but in two years there were over 2,000 regular worshipers. Some of the new participants emigrated from Charles Spurgeon’s Metropolitan Tabernacle after Spurgeon’s death in 1892.

Meyer stayed at Christ Church for 15 years. Then he began preaching at conferences and evangelistic services. His tours included South Africa and Asia. He also visited the United States 12 times, including once at the age of 80. He spent the last years of his life returning as a pastor at Regent’s Park Chapel and Christ Church.

He was involved in inner-city missionary work in England and North America and was a crusader against drunkenness and prostitution. He was responsible for the closure of hundreds of saloons and brothels.

Active among believers

He addressed 26 congregations in Keswick made up of conservative evangelical Christians. Established in 1875, the Keswick Convention is still held annually in Keswick, England.

He has written over 40 books. This includes biographies of biblical men such as Moses, David, Jeremiah, Elijah, Peter and Paul. “The way to the holiest“, “The Secret of Leadership“, “Our glorious Lord” and “Christian Life” are some of his other writings.

Meyer died March 28, 1929. He had a great influence on giants of the faith like Charles Spurgeon, who said, “Meyer preaches as a man who has seen God face to face.”