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Lifetime: 1847 - 1929 Passed: ≈ 95 years ago


Baptist Pastor


United Kingdom

Frederick Brotherton Meyer

Frederick Brotherton Meyer, a contemporary and friend of D. L. Moody and A. C. Dixon, was a Baptist pastor and evangelist in England involved in ministry and inner city mission work on both sides of the Atlantic. Author of numerous religious books and articles, many of which remain in print today, he was described in an obituary as The Archbishop of the Free Churches.  

Frederick Meyer was born in London. He attended Brighton College and graduated from the University of London in 1869. He studied theology at Regent's Park College.  


Meyer was part of the Higher Life movement and preached often at the Keswick Convention. He was known as a crusader against immorality. He preached against drunkenness and prostitution. He is said to have brought about the closing of hundreds of saloons and brothels.  


While in York in the early 1870s F. B. Meyer met the American evangelist Dwight L. Moody, whom he introduced to other chapels, churches, and ministers in England, and by exchange was invited to make several trips to minister in America. The two preachers became lifelong friends.  


Meyer played an important part in the beginnings of the Welsh revival, holding Keswick meetings in Wales in 1903 at which Evan Roberts, among others, pledged to spend at least one day a month praying for revival.  


In June 1916, together with Hubert Peet, a Quaker, he visited British conscientious objectors in France, to report upon their position in the light of news that 42 resisting men had been forcibly transported there. The visit took place shortly before 35 of the men were court-martialled and formally sentenced to death, but immediately reprieved.  

 F. B. Meyer wrote over 75 books, including Christian biographies and devotional commentaries on the Bible. In 1918, Meyer, along with seven other clergymen, was also a signatory to the London Manifesto asserting that the Second Coming was imminent.


An illustrated biography of his life was published in 1929, with a new edition a few years later. 2007 saw the release of a new biography of Meyer, F.B. Meyer: If I had a hundred lives, written by Professor Bob Holman and published by Christian Focus Publications. 


Books by Frederick Brotherton Meyer

The Directory of the Devout Life Cover image

The Directory of the Devout Life

Non-Fiction Religion
Devotion Christianity Commentary

We can never allow the great objective facts of Christianity, and their attendant doctrines, to sink low on our horizon; but we must give equal prominence to the demands of Christ for a righteousness which shall exceed that of the Scribes and Pharise...

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Joseph: Beloved, Hated, Exalted

History Religion
Family Challenges Journey Christianity Childhood Forgiveness Experiences Resilience

In Frederick Brotherton Meyer's captivating biography, "Joseph: Beloved, Hated, Exalted," readers embark on a journey through the extraordinary life of Joseph, one of the most enigmatic and influential figures in the Old Testament. Meyer masterfully...

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Israel: A Prince with God

An old-world story this! In its strange Eastern dress, it appears to be as remote from us as the garb of an Arab, or the barter of an Oriental Bazaar. And yet human life is much the same, whenever and wherever lived. Our critics complain of our por...

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Bells of Is

"It has always seemed to me, amid submerged masses, deep down at the bottom of the ocean of human life, there are yearnings and desires for a better life, that ring sadly and perpetually. It has been the aim of my life to listen for these, and where...

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Shepherd Psalm

Rev. F. B. Meyer, a contemporary of D. L. Moody, offers a series of reflections on the 23rd Psalm. - Summary by MaryAnn