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Gerald Blackaby
Gerald Richard Saunders Blackaby

Gerald and Jennie Blackaby
Gerald and Jennie Blackaby

Gerald Blackaby
Gerald Richard Saunders Blackaby

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The Blackaby Family

The heritage of the Blackaby family is one of Christian leaders. At least four Blackabys studied under Charles Spurgeon at his college for ministers in London during the nineteenth century.

Gerald Richard Saunders Blackaby was born in England in 1891. As a young man he sensed God call on his life. When he sought counsel from his pastor, he was told he had too much talent to squander it on the ministry! So he entered the banking profession. He married Jennie Marguarite Boucher and had three sons: Alfred, Henry and William.

Gerald immigrated to Canada as a young man and found employment with the Bank of Montreal. When World War One broke out, he immediately enlisted with the Canadian army where he served as a heavy machine gunner. He fought in many of the major battles of the war including Passchendaele, Vimy Ridge, Somme, Verdun and Ypres. Many of his comrades, including his best friend, Jack Hale, were killed. On several occasions he nearly lost his life including surviving a mustard gas attack, a sniper attack and a direct hit from enemy artillery. But God providentially saved him.

Gerald Richard Blackaby was a devout Baptist layman. Wherever he would be transferred by the bank, he would begin a church. He spent fifteen years in Prince Rupert, where his three boys, Alf, Henry and William grew up. There he began a church, first meeting in a dance hall he rented out of his own funds.

When his sons reached college age, he transferred to a branch in Vancouver where his sons could attend university. It was as a college student that Henry felt called by God into full time Christian ministry and William felt led to become a teacher. Gerald Blackaby died in 1961 at the age of seventy.



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