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Figure JOHN LEWTAS Conference Evangelist Puget Sound Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church 1015 South Pine St., TACOMA, WASH. AN OPEN LETTER Brethren of the Ministry, Greeting: Having been appointed Conference Evangelist again for another year by Bishop Moore, I am now open for engagements. During the last year I conducted over 200 meetings in England, Ireland and Wales, with the blessing of God. Souls were saved and each church commended my work heartily without exception. The remainder of the year I spent in travel in Europe, Turkey, Syria, Palestine and Egypt. I have now returned to my home conference and wish to labor among the brethren of the Pacific coast. Should you need assistance, I will come to you on favorable terms to the church. Respectfully I remain, JOHN LEWTAS, Conference Evangelist Puget Sound Conference. RECOMMENDATIONS Tacoma, Wash., May 18, 1906. To Christian Workers in the United States, Greeting: I commend to you, as one approved of God, our brother, the Rev. John Lewtas, a member of the Puget Sound Annual Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church. It has been my privilege to know Brother Lewtas for about seven years and to be closely associated with him in Christian work during most of that time. The first eighteen months he was in evangelistic work, a line of service for which he is exceedingly well qualified; the remainder of the time, three years of which I was his presiding elder, he has spent in the pastorate. Both as pastor and evangelist he has been graciously owned of God; as a preacher he is clear, forcible, spiritual; in exhortation earnest and effective; as a singer he excels, giving forth the melodies of the gospel in a manner which moves the heart. I am sure that he will be a blessing to you if in God's providence you are brought to labor together. Trusting thus in him and you, I am, fraternally, JOSEPH E. WILLIAMS, M. A. D. D. President of the University of Puget Sound. To Our Brethren in the United States, Greeting: I desire to commend to you the Rev. John Lewtas as a brother worthy of your confidence and Christian fellowship. He is a preacher of excellent ability, and has been very successful as a pastor during the years that I have been associated with him. He has had considerable experience and large success in evangelistic work, and is free from vulgarisms or sensational methods. He is truly a Christian gentleman. I bespeak for him your hearty co-operation. He is a fine solo singer and a splendid leader of a chorus choir. No pastor or church need have any fear in admitting Brother Lewtas to their pulpit. He is, indeed, a safe man. G. A. LANDEN, Presiding Elder Centralia District, Puget Sound Conference, May 20, 1906. VANCOUVER, British Columbia. Evangelist Lewtas has labored with me for three weeks; many souls were saved and the church wonderfully quickened in its religious life. His preaching is of the truly evangelistic order. He never usurps the pastor's place, but works in perfect harmony with him. As a singer he is specially strong. His voice is clear and has a wonderful effect to draw men to Christ. JOHN ROBSON, B. A. Pastor Princess Street Methodist Church. DUNCAN, Vancouver Island, British America, March 2, 1906. This is to certify that I have known the Rev. John Lewtas for a number of years and have worked with him in evangelistic services in British Columbia. His upright life and orthodox preaching are to be commended, as well as his faithful dealing with the souls of men. His singing is specially effective in revival work. We do not hesitate to recommend him to any pastor who seeks assistance in special work. C. M. TATE, Methodist Minister. NANAIMO, British Columbia. On the eve of the departure of Brother Lewtas from this city, where he has labored for six weeks in special revival work, I consider it a duty to bear witness to the earnestness and activity, as well as devotion to God and the great work of saving lost men and women, which characterize this brother. Brother Lewtas is a clean, strong, practical gospel preacher. His great object in preaching is to save souls by bringing them under conviction of sin and then leading them to rest upon the promises. Scores were saved during the six weeks in our city. I commend him to any church anxious for the prosperity of the kingdom of Christ. T. W. HALL, Pastor Wallace Street Methodist Church. Ex-President of British Columbia Conference. ROSSLAND, British Columbia. Evangelist Lewtas has been engaged with us in revival work for three weeks past. The results are: A greatly improved church and eighty converted to God. I like this brother for mauy reasons. He is a consecrated man of God, his heart is in the work, he does not spare himself, his singing is excellent, attracting large audiences. He hews to the line in his preaching and seasons the straight gospel copiously with the salt of humor; his method with the unconverted is of the reliable sort and his work is thorough. GEO. H. MORDEN, Methodist Minister. TACOMA, Wash. I take pleasure in stating that the Rev. John Lewtas spent five weeks in revival work in my church. I have found him well qualified for such work. He is an excellent singer, a pleasing speaker with no tending toward the sensational. There is nothing superficial about his methods. The church has been quickened and a large number converted. I cheerfully recommend this loyal Methodist minister to any pastor who desires the aid of an evangelist. G. L. CUDDY, Pastor Asbury M. E. Church. Secretary of Puget Sound Conference. PORTLAND, Ore, March 31, 1906. This is to certify that I have known the Rev. John Lewtas for fifteen years. I met him when he was just entering the ministry. He has, through all these years, been a man of untiring energy, spotless reputation and pure character. He is a singer of good voice and superior effectiveness. He is an evangelistic, earnest preacher, a soul winner because of his spirit and methods. I commend him without hesitation to the confidence and hearty co-operation of every one who may have occasion to work with him. DANIEL L. RADER, D. D., Editor Pacific Christian Advocate, official paper of the M. E. Church. LEWISTON, Idaho. This certifies that Evangelist Lewtas has assisted me in special meetings for one month. I fully believe him to be a clean, true man of God. He is a beautiful singer. He is an attractive and able preacher. He is an ordained elder in the Methodist Episcopal church. His pulpit work is broad, strong and comprehensive. He is sound in doctrine, but has no hobby. He is an excellent manager in a meeting. I shall count that church fortunate that secures his services in evangelistic work. WALTON M. SKIPWORTH, Pastor Methodist Episcopal Church. Now Presiding Elder of the Dalles District, Columbia River Conference. WALLA WALLA, Washington, May 29, 1906. It affords me great pleasure to speak of the work of Evangelist John Lewtas. I have known him personally for five years. He has assisted me in two revival campaigns. He is a strong, fearless, safe preacher of righteousness and a splendid singer, but his strongest work with us was his clear, forceful, inspiring Bible readings. We have heard all the great American evangelists, but we have not heard his peer in this line of work. He always leads the church into new fields of power and usefulness. He will prove a blessing to any community. WM. E. THOMPSON, Pastor of First Methodist Episcopal Church. SOUTH TACOMA, Wash. To All Whom It May Concern: I take great pleasure in recommending the services of Evangelist Lewtas, having had an opportunity to judge of the character of his work as conducted on two successive occasions in my own church. His preaching is to the point calculated to set the unconverted to think upon their condition and make a stand for the Master. Interest increases night after night. I wish this brother Godspeed and hope he may prove a blessing to this Pacific coast. G. M. GIBSON, Pastor Sprague Memorial Presbyterian Church. KELSO, Wash., October 16, 1907. Evangelist John Lewtas, having just completed a series of special services in my church at Kelso, I take great pleasure in recommending him to the brethren of the ministry who desire the assistance of our conference evangelist. Brother Lewtas is eminently qualified for the work, both as preacher and singer. His work is exceedingly satisfactory to the church, as manifested in the quickening of the spiritual life, in dealing with the unsaved, and especially in his afternoon Bible readings, where he leads the Christian to a richer and deeper Christian experience. No pastor need hesitate in having Brother Lewtas assist him in spiritual services. Sincerely I remain, FRANK L. MOORE, Pastor M. E. Church.
|Title||John Lewtas: conference evangelist Puget Sound conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church|
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|Personal Name Subject||Lewtas, John|
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