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Faith on FireNorman Grubb and the building of WEC

Faith on Fire

Norman Grubb and the building of WEC

Stewart Dinnen
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When Norman Grubb took over WEC from its dynamic founder, his father-in law C. T. Studd, the mission was in a period of turmoil. Grubb's quality of leadership rescued the mission and led it to the prominent position it holds in world mission today.

Here we find what motivated Grubb, the personal cost of leading from the front and the healthy respect he earned from colleagues inside and outside WEC.

Stewart Dinnen

About Stewart Dinnen

Stewart Dinnen was International missions secretary of WEC and had over 40 years experience of training and motivating Christian leaders. He was able to observe the dramatic events that unfolded within WEC from first hand.


  • Author: Stewart Dinnen
  • Release Date: October 2001
  • Pages: 240
  • Format: Large trade paperback
  • Dimensions: 216 x 138
  • ISBN: 9781857923216
  • Imprint: Christian Focus
  • Category: History & Biography > Biography > Biography & Autobiography


Norman Grubb has probably contributed more to my life in both spiritual depth and structures for mission than any other single person.

Patrick Johnstone, WEC Interational Regional Director for Europe & Author Emeritus, Operation World

Subtitled, Norman Grubb and the Building of WEC, this book traces the growth of the Worldwide Evangelisation Crusade under the leadership of Norman Grubb, son-in-law to C.T. Studd. When Grubb came to take over the mission it had fallen upon lean times. Although Studd had been a powerful and dynamic leader the work of WEC was in turmoil. He brought the society into the prominent and effective place it now holds. He did this with inspiring leadership and a vision of what God could do with faithful servants.

The work of WEC is inextribably bound up with Grubb. However, it would be a mistake to see this as his only sphere of influence. His interests and influences were very wide and a short chapter is devoted to other areas of his labours. He was one of the formative leaders of the IVF, took a prominent role in CLC and was closely linked with International Christian Leadership. There were other groups and organisations also. The author has been fortunate in obtaining an enormous number of letters and communications, both from, to and about, Grubb, which gives the book a sense of intimacy and meeting the man. Clearly, he was an exceptional individual who did not fit into the traditional mould. It is a thrilling story and worthy of reading.

A final chapter deals with Grubb's emphasis upon Union with Christ. There is no doubting the centrality of this to his thinking, spirituality and motivation. There were a number of men and women who were uneasy with his emphasis and an important evaluation of his ideas is given in an Epilogue. This is an important addition and should be read. Although it gives a necessary corrective to our understanding of Norman Grubb, it does not in any way diminish the powerful, formative and important influence that he had and which is still felt by those who knew him. This is a fine read and a true inspiration to attempt great things for God.

English Churchman
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