George P. Taubman is a prominant figure in the early years
of Hope International University. His contributions are varied and signficant.
- His early relationship to the school at its formative years.
- Pacific Bible Seminary classes met at his church in Long Beach
shortly after its beginning (1930-1933).
- He was one of the earliest administrators of the school, serving
as Dean beginning in 1931 having previously declined the offer to
become its second president.
- He taught classes in Pastoral Problems and Duties of the Christian
Minister at the seminary.
- Commitment to the local church – successful 44 year ministry
- Preacher – from 1894 to 1907 and then 1913 to 1939.
- Evangelist – hired by the Christian Standard to travel to
hold lengthy evangelistic meetings in small rural churches all over
the Eastern United States (1907-09).
- Associate Minister and Sunday School Superintendent (1909-1913).
- Teacher – particularly famous for the largest Men’s
Bible class attendance of over 31,000 men on Armistice Day 1923
in Long Beach. Regular attendance reached its peak in the1920s at
about 3000 each Sunday.
- Commitment to Christian Education.
- Sunday School programs in what ever church Taubman served (in
any capacity) grew in significant numbers during his tenure.
- Men’s Bible School Movement – He was a popular speaker
at National and Regional Men’s Bible Class Conventions.
- Because of his influence, several Men’s Bible School classes
were begun with leaders from his class in England, China, and all
over the United States.
- Commitment to missions – under his leadership the Long Beach
church was listed among the highest contributors to Missions Societies.
- His strong commitment to the ideals of the Restoration Movement –
and particularly the “Independent” Christian Churches from
which the university derives its heritage, mission, and purpose.
- McGarvey, who studied under Alexander Campbell, was his teacher
and mentor at the College of the Bible.
- Served two years as a Christian Standard Evangelist (1907-09).
- Became the “spokesman of the west” for the conservative
Disciples or “Independents”.
- His commitment to unity at a critical time in the history of the
Movement, is demonstrated in
- his hosting of the California State Convention of the Disciples
(liberal group with which he disagreed) from 1917 until 1929.
- his sermons on “unity” out-number all other themes
on which he preached.
- his strong commitment to Biblical authority.
- his national leadership –
- North American Christian Convention (NACC) he was asked
to give key addresses in three of the first five years.
- Christian Standard – he wrote numerous articles
- Lookout – he wrote regularly a column on ministry
- His community leadership
His leadership through significant historical events
- Memberships in numerous civic organizations
- Members of his Men’s Bible Class included mayors and other
high level civic leaders.
- The bust commissioned by the City of Long
Beach to honor his contributions to the community upon his retirement
- Women’s suffrage
- The Great Depression
- The 1933 Long Beach earthquake
Kragenbrink, Kevin. 1991. George P. Taubman : "conservative Christian
Church evangelist and champion of the men's Bible class movement."
Malibu, CA: Pepperdine University, 1991.
[Tiffin, Gerald C. Kathy Stranlund, and Mike Warner, eds.] Framing the
Future: The First Twenty-five Years of Pacific Christian College, 1928-1953.
Fullerton, CA: Pacific Christian College, .