Norman Grubb

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Summary of Main Events

in the Life of Norman Grubb

 

1895

Born at Oxton, Nottinghamshire, to Rev. Harry Percy and Margaret Grubb.

1909-1914

At Marborough School.

1914

Conversion.

1914-1919

Army Service, Britain and France.

1919

Discharged from Army.

Commenced at Cambridge University.

Instigated the commencement of Inter-Varsity Fellowship.

Discontinued at Cambridge.

Applied to WEC and accepted.

Marriage to Pauline Studd.

Sailed for Congo.

1920-1923

Missionary service in Congo.

1921

Birth of Noel.

A ‘Galations 2:20’ experience.

1922

Death of Noel at Ibambi.

1923

Returned to Britain.

1924

Birth of Paul.

1925

Returned to Congo alone.

Birth of Pricilla.

1926

Returned to Britain.

1927

Returned to Congo.

Birth of Daniel.

1928

Returned to Britain.

Tour of Amazonia (5 months).

1929

Tour of Canada (6 months).

1930

Short visit to Congo with Pauline.

Commissioned by C.T. Studd to return to Britain and take leadership at base.

1931

WEC and Unevangelized Fields Mission became separate missions.

Death of C.T. Studd.

1932

Recruitment of ‘The Ten’

1933

Recruitment of ‘The Fifteen’

Publication of C.T. Studd, Cricketer and Pioneer.

‘Kashmir & Frontier Mission’ of WEC formed.

1934

Recruitment of ‘The Twenty-five’.

Publication of Touching the Invisible.

1935

Work opened on Nepal border.

Recruitment of ‘The Fifty’.

1936

Recruitment of ‘The Seventy-five’.

Canadian Base established in Toronto.

Canary Islands opened.

1937-1938

Building of the London Hostel.

1939

Tour of Canada and USA.

Commencement of centres in Pittsburgh, Seattle and Charlotte, NC.

1940

New Zealand base established in Auckland.

1941

British Staff Conference and vision for 12 regional centres in UK.

Australian Base established in Sydney.

1942

Commencement of Christian Literature Crusade.

1946

Tour of USA and Canada.

1947

Move to USA.

Thailand, Taiwan fields opened.

1949

Returned to Britain.

Tour of Cong and visit to CMS in Ruanda. The revival message.

Pakistan and Indonesia commenced (Kalimantan – 1949, Sumatra – 1951, Java – 1953).

1950-1951

Temporary leadership of N. American WEC

Japan, Uruguay and France opened.

1951

Return to Britain.

Writing of Rees Howells, Intercessor.

1952

In N. America.

N. American staff proposes that Grubb be recognized as ‘General Secretary of WEC’.

(Later changed to ‘International Secretary’.)

1953

Based in Britain.

Tour of Australia and New Zealand.

1954

Tour continues in India, Indonesia and Japan.

Returns to Britain.

Venezuela opened.

1957

Relinquished British leadership  and moved permanently to USA>

Appointed to Co-leader of N. American WEC.

Gambia and Brazil opened.

1958

Appointed leader of  N. American WEC.

Participated in Presidential Prayer Breakfast, Washington (and also in many subsequent years).

1960

Relinquishment of N. American WEC.

1961

First International Leaders’ Conference at Kilcreggan, Scotland.

19-point program for advance adopted.

The Consultative Council established (International Secretary + 5 Sending Base leaders).

1962

Indonesian Missionary Fellowship (an outgrowth of WEC) established.

Chad field opened.

1963

Iran field commenced.

Celebration of WEC’s Jubilee.

1964

Italy opened.

1965

Decision to retire from position of International Secretary, effective Dec 31st.

Consultative Council (later Co-ordinating Council) requested Grubb to remain a member.

1966

Freed from WEC responsibilities, Norman’s itinerant teaching ministry escalates.

1968

Wrote autobiography – Once Caught, No Escape.

1974

Attended WEC’s Co-ordinating Council in Britain.

Link established with Union Life Ministries.

1981

Death of Pauline Grubb.

1984

Addressed WEC Leaders’ Conference in Britain.

1985

Criticized in Seduction of Christianity.

1989

Opposed appointment of a ‘Council of Reference’ in USA.

1990

Serious illness. 

1991

Returned to Fort Washington and is tended by granddaughter, Sandie.

Death of Sandra Grubb.

1993

(Nov.) Last Activity for WEC.

Wrote Foreword for Rescue shop Within a Yard of Hell.

1993

Dec 15.  Died at his home in Fort Washington, Pa.

 - Taken from Faith on Fire by Stewart Dinnen