Tim Curtis

Flashback 1924: A Mission Is Launched

SCAN0085It’s well known that City Gospel Mission was founded by James N. Gamble of Procter & Gamble in 1924. But did you know that it was an International Union of Gospel Missions man from Dayton who stirred Cincinnatians to start a mission here? And that our first “director” was from the Wheeler Mission in Indianapolis? And that our third director was a woman, which was quite progressive for the time?

Wanting to know more about our founder and history, we’re working with the Procter & Gamble historical archivists and other historical societies to dig into the history of our organization. The above photos are of the first issue of our newsletter from 1940. It was called The Mission Messenger. This first issue included the aforementioned founding facts and many others.

The newsletter states that James N. Gamble gave financial assistance to help lease the first building on Vine Street. Gamble was the first Chairman of the Board.

City Gospel Mission was started by the Federation of Churches to provide one coordinated effort to address social and spiritual needs in the city. It was supported by many churches.

The archivist also found one statistic that was “staggering.” In the 5 block radius around the Mission offices at 1314 Vine Street there were once 112 saloons, taverns and night clubs.

Stay tuned for more history as it’s uncovered!

Tim Curtis is the Communications Director of City Gospel Mission. He can be reached at tcurtis@citygospelmission.org.

2 Responses to “Flashback 1924: A Mission Is Launched”

  1. Pastor Javed Masih

    Today I pray that God will grant you a spirit of wisdom and revelation, that your heart will be flooded with His light! Eph 1:17-18

    Healing crusade in Pakistan
    Dear How are you and how is your family?

    Greetings to be in the name of Lord Jesus Christ,
    God always with you and your family .I pray for blessings on you. May the blessing of light be on you. may the rivers of His goodness flow abundantly through you.the Joy of the Lord will be your strength.God’s blessing at every walk of life. God bless

    We know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose. Romans 8:28

    The Lord your God is with you! Zephaniah 3:17

    We would like to inform you that by the Grace of Mighty God, we are going to do healing crusade to preach the gospel in order to save the lost souls & for Glory to God. during crusade we plan to distribute the free literature & Holy Bibles among the
    We request you to make contribution in this crusade by supplying literature & Holy Bibles. We will send you the pictures of our crusade.
    Glory to Lord

    God bless you. Please pray for us we are also praying for you.

    Your’s Brother in Christ,

    Pastor Javed Masih
    House #1, Street # 10/ A, Mujahid Colony,
    Babu Sabu, Band Road, Lahore. Pakistan
    Telephone # 92-3008048882

  2. Herman

    Wonderful! As the author says, “Jesus Christ was the first Mission Man”. The Mission continues because the first Missionary cultivated disciples! We follow in His footsteps. May our followership magnify Jesus Christ’s Missionary purpose!

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