"A person employed to write what another dictates or to copy what has been written by another."
This draft written by Rev. Christian Wismer Ruth was included in documents received from the Church of the Nazarene Archives. When I contacted the Superintendent he was very gracious in sending me copies of many letters written by my husband's grandfather.A few items that do not seem to be generally known, in this chain of providences that perhaps somewhat do with the founding of the Church of the Nazarene while may be of interest to the future historians of said church are here recorded, which may be fully verified by the records of the First Church of the Nazarene of Los Angeles, Calif.
In Sept. of 1901,-having been recommended to Brt. Bresee by the President,
hundred had bowed at the altar as seekers of pardon and purity-many of which became substantial members of the Church of the Nazarene; that during this time, the Official Board, under the direction of Dr. Bresee, met with Evangelist C. W. Ruth, a number of times, inviting him to remain as Assistant Pastor with Dr. Bresee; after much persuasion and much prayer, it was decided that Bro. Ruth should return to his home in Ind'pls,-
happy welcome awaited us; and here we resided, and labored 18 beautiful months; after two months-in the meeting of the Official Board, Dr. Bresee presented the all unspoken to me request to the Board that Bro. Ruth be given fifteen hundred dollars per annum-the same amount he was receiving and that my title be changed from Assistant pastor to Associate pastor. He was the most magnanimous man, and the largest brother I have ever known. It was soon decided that we build the First Church, cor. 6th & Wall st., and together we labored in perfect accord, during the entire time of our stay in Los Angeles. A volume of good size could be written of those memorable and glorious days. It was, thus, in 1901 that we united with the
Church of the Nazarene; it was only after deep heart conviction that I must resume my Evangelistic labors, and with sincere regrets, that I severed my pastoral relations with the mother Church, and removed again to Ind'pls in the spring of 1903. There had not been one note of dissatisfaction, either on our part or on the part of the church, so far as I have known. Our fellowship in every particular, was heavenly and most blessed. During 1902, while building our new church, we had a continuous Revival, with more than twelve hundred persons as seekers for pardon and purity at our altars in our regular church services. This count was made by Bro. Dunn, who is
still with us, at First Ch. literally hundreds united with the church during this time, so that the membership increased to about eleven hundred. Dr. Bresee usually preached the Sunday morning services and Bro. Ruth
conducted fifty-five funerals-most of them in the Bresee Brothers funeral parlors, and performed 22 wedding ceremonies. Of course Dr. Bresee was the prime mover and guiding hand in all these activities; and every Sunday morning near one hour before
usually about ten at night Dr. Bresee and I contacted each other by telephone, discussing the work and plans for the day. Oh, what wonderful, happy days they were! God was surely with us. Having previously labored with both
the uniting with us of some of the Holiness Christians of which I had been elected several times as Presiding Elder; and the company under the leadership of Bro. McClurkan, of Tenn. this latter largely through their contact with the Brethren of the Holiness Church of Christ; while these did not unite with us as Denominations, many of their people and churches joined us. While Dr. Bresee was my constant adviser, and in every way encouraged me in these matters, he had not been in personal contact with these respective movements, and therefore it became my happy privilege to fix first propose the matter of union to all whom it concerned. Also I had been named "Assistant General Superintendent" by Dr. Bresee and was thus
authorized and empowered to proceed in the these matters. During this time I also shared somewhat with Dr. Bresee in the editorial work of the "Nazarene Messenger" of our church hopes. It was also my privilege to conduct the Revival in Portland, Ore. which ultimated in the organizing of the first church in Portland; and also conducting the revival in Spokane, Wash, where I labored with Bro. DeLance Wallace and wife, which ultimated in the organization of the Nazarene Church in that north-west; also Mrs. Ruth and I had the privilege of introducing first the Church of the Nazarene in Indianapolis, Ind. organizing the first church which was the seed corn from which
cover the entire state with their numerous fine churches, had their origin. I think all these facts can be clearly ascertained from minutes and early records of the Denomination. Some of them at least might be of interest to the future generations. To our blessed Christ belongs all praise, honor, and glory. And the end is not yet.
Dec. 20th, 1938
4:30 to 7 a.m.