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About Miss Mears

Henrietta Mears was one of the great Bible teachers of the 20th century. While Christian Education Director at First Presbyterian Church of Hollywood, she built one of the largest Sunday Schools in the world and wrote curriculum that was in such high demand that to publish it she founded Gospel Light in 1933. Such notable Christian leaders as Richard C. Halverson, Louis Evans, Jr. and Bill Bright were among her students. Miss Mears developed “cradle-to-grave” age-appropriate curriculum, published a new style of Vacation Bible School, and lent her support to distributing Gospel materials around the world. Gospel Light has expanded into a multi-faceted publisher of fun and creative Sunday School curriculum, exciting Vacation Bible School programs and inspiring biblical books (Regal). The mission of Gospel Light is still the same today as it was in 1933: “To know Christ and to make Him known.”

“There is no magic in small plans. When I consider my ministry, I think of the world. Anything less than that would not be worthy of Christ nor of His will for my life.”
—Henrietta C. Mears

Dr. Henrietta C. Mears 1890-1963
  • 1890–Born in Fargo, North Dakota, October 23rd youngest of seven children
  • 1913–Graduated from the University of Minnesota
  • 1915-1928–Teacher and Senior Advisor Central High School, Minneapolis
  • 1928-1963–Director of Christian Education and Teacher of the College Department, The First Presbyterian Church of Hollywood
  • 1933–Founded Gospel Light Publications
  • 1938–Founded Forest Home Christian Conference Center
  • 1949–Honored with the Degree of Doctor of Humanities
  • 1960–Founded GLINT (Gospel Literature International)
  • 1963–Called to be with her Lord, March 20th


  1. mary davis says:

    Congratulations on getting Henrietta her own website! All of her archives should be uploaded for both inspiration and research purposes! Kudos!

  2. jeff Burnsed says:

    This material, this wisdom, is timeless. It is brilliant, genius and priceless. Every message by Dr Mears is pure treasure. Please continue developing this incredible audio library. Thank you in king Jesus name!

  3. CH (COL) Jeff Burnsed says:

    I heard about the wonderful ministry of Dr. Mears, from Gordon Luff, at Liberty University. Thomas Road Baptist Church, where Gordon served as Senior Youth Minister, had just experienced having over 5,000 teenagers in their youth group, with many saved. I told Gordon, “YOU are the best!” He very adamantly replied, “NO, I am NOT!” So I asked, “Who is the best youth director then, in your opinion?” He asserted, Dr. Henrietta Mears. He then proceeded to tell me why. Now, as both pastor and military chaplain, I strongly recommend to our church family, to military personnel and families, the importance of studying Dr. Mears works. ONLY when we all get to Heave, will we see the full impact of this great lady of faith. Let me strongly suggest that you upload ALL of her recorded materials, and that you make them available for purchase on CD. Terrific job…the Lord is using you greatly, as the legacy of Dr. Mears lives on..be blessed in King Jesus name :)

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