George P. Taubman Digital Archives
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On June 30, 1869 George Taubman was born on the Isle of Man in Scotland. When he was two years old, his family moved to a farm near Cleveland, Ohio. At the age of twenty-one, he joined the freshman class of the College of the Bible in Kentucky. Here, he was influenced by J. W. McGarvey, a favorite professor. During his college years, he served a student ministry in Falmouth, Kentucky where, upon graduation, he was ordained in 1894.
Soon he took a pastorate at the First Christian Church in Newport, Kentucky where he met and married his wife, Anne. They moved to Newport and there had three children: Margaret (1896), George, Jr. (1897), and Mary (1898).
Soon after their third child was born, the family moved to Mays Lick, Kentucky where George became the minister of Mays Lick Christian Church. In his short time there, he organized a Junior Christian Endeavor program for the youth.
From 1899 to 1906 he enjoyed a very successful ministry in Portsmouth, Ohio, where he developed the second largest Sunday School program in the Restoration Movement.
His success attracted the attention of the Christian Standard which had hired a traveling evangelist to preach in small rural churches and was looking to hire a second. Taubman served in that capacity for two years.
In 1909 he took an Associate Minister position at Independence Blvd. Christian Church in Kansas City, Missouri. After a short but successful stay, he moved across town to the Hyde Park Christian Church, where he served as pastor until 1912.
In 1913, he moved his family to Tulsa, Oklahoma. By this time, his popularity as a preacher drew invitations to speak at the Church Leaders Convention in Davenport, Iowa. When Taubman left Tulsa, the church declared his last day as "Taubman Day" and made it an occasion for drawing the largest crowd ever to meet in the Tulsa church on one Sunday.
In March of 1915 the Taubman family made its final move to Long Beach, California where George began a ministry that would shine as a model for many to come. During his nearly 25 years in Long Beach the church grew and the Men's Bible Class became the largest in the world. He made such an imact on the community that, upon his retirement, the City of Long Beach commissioned a bust in his likeness to be made and put on display, first at the City Hall and then at the public library.
In 1939 he retired from the pulpit and in 1947 he died.
For a more complete account of Taubman's influence on the church, the Restoration Movement, Hope International University, and the community link to the Contributions page. See the time line for a more detailed list of dates and events in historical context.
For a more complete biography on Taubman, see Kevin Kragenbrink's "Restoration Biography: George P. Taubman" in Leaven (Third Quarter 2001, Vol. 9, No. 3).
Items in the Taubman Collection that provide a glimpse of the person of George Taubman:
Kragenbrink, Kevin R. George P. Taubman: "Conservative Christian Church Evangelist and Champion of the Men's Bible Class Movement." Thesis (M.A.) Pepperdine University, 1991.
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