Founder of the Worldwide Church of God in 1934, who was one of the first televangelists.
In his 30s he abandoned his parents' Quaker tradition and joined the Church of God (Seventh Day), becoming an ordained minister.
He took advantage of a local radio station offer of free airtime for a quick devotional, and after positive audience response he started his own radio show in 1934.
He had four children with his wife Loma Dillonl and his son Ted would later join him as an evangelist.
His success inspired later generations of tele-evangelists like Billy Graham, who reached millions of viewers all over the world.