A 100 year timeline
A Brief Summary of Pastor John Willis’ Life
|1904||Was born on 18 November in Finland.|
|1909||Migrated to the United States at the age of 4 and lived in Grand Rapids, Michigan.|
|1912||Moved to Duluth, Minnesota.|
|1920||Accepted the Lord Jesus Christ as His personal Lord and Saviour at 16 years old at an evangelistic meeting. Attended Ebenezer Baptist Church in Duluth, Minnesota.|
|1922||Baptised as a Christian.|
|1923||Graduated from Robert Denfeld High School in Duluth.
Moved to Illinois, Chicago and worked as a post office clerk.
Worshipped at Bethel Baptist Church in Chicago, Illinois. Later on, he attended evening classes at Moody Bible Institute, served as Sunday School teacher, then Superintendent and conducted evangelistic chalk meetings on the streets of Chicago with The Northside Fishermen.
|1926||Graduated from the Chicago Academy of Fine Arts majoring in Art. Created comic strip called Red Flannels for a neighbourhood newsapaper, cartoons for The Mission Post and subsequently, Christian art for Chicago Daily News.|
|1927||Moved into a one and a half bungalow built by his father, a bricklayer.|
|1951||Mother, Louisa Alexandra Lindquist, went home to be with the Lord at the age of 83.|
|1940s/1950s||Started his not for profit Christian cartoon tract company.|
|1953||Invited by YFC to share about his chalkboard ministry at Tokyo Congress on evangelism.
Did chalk talks in Japan (Tokyo and Wakayama Prefecture), Hong Kong, Singapore, India, Pakistan, Italy, France and Germany.
|1963||Invited by Reverend John Lu, Southeast Asian Director of CNEC , to conduct chalk talks in Singapore.
Father, John F. Willis (born Johan Ferdinand Skruv), went home to be with The Lord at the age of 90.
|1963-1964||Went on second chalk talk evangelistic tour from October 1963 to Japan, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Macau, the Philippines, Laos, Vietnam, Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, India, Pakistan, Italy, France, Spain and Portugal.|
|1966||Retired from Postal Service, visited ministries in Hongkong and Thailand before comingto Singapore to help out with the CNEC work at request of Rev John Lu.
Stayed at the CNEC headquarters at 51 Jalan Jelita and continued serving at Bartley Christian Church at Jalan Rindu.
|1968||Became Honorary Pastor of Bartley Christian Church (BCC) at the age of 64.|
|1973-1974||Returned to the United States to serve as a Assistant Pastor in his home church, Bethel Baptist Church, for 10 months but traveled first to visit the various Christian ministries in Hong Kong, South Korea and Japan. Took the Trans-Siberian Express from Khabarovsk across the Soviet Union and took the flight out to Helsinki. Attended a missionary conference in Toronto, crusades to Switzerland and South Africa and checked out the workings of the holy spirit in Fiji before returning to Singapore in 1974.|
|Early 1970s||Appointed Pastor of Grace Church (now known as Neighbourhood Church) at 7 Jalan Kuras.|
|1970s||Went on mission trips and did chalk talks with Rev Dr Paul B.Chang in Northern Thailand and Malaysia.|
|1977||Stayed at Bartley’s office after CNEC moved their premises to Braddel Road.|
|Early 1980s||Conferred the title of Pastor Emeritus by BCC.|
|1985||Celebrated his 81st birthday on 18 November and proceeds of cash gifts were dedicated to SBC known as the John Willis Scholarship Fund.|
|1987||Received the Faithful Service Award for being the longest service pastor at BCC's 25th anniversary celebrations in July.|
|1991||Travelled to India for a month-long mission trip covering five cities at the age of 86.|
|1995-1996||Made three mission trips to Myanmar at over 90 years of age|
|1998||Moved to St Luke's Hospital for health reasons on 5 February. Given a pacemaker in March at Singapore General Hospital.|
|1999-2000||Took a last holiday back to the United States from 20 December 1999 to 6 January 2000.|
|2003||Replaced the pacemaker in November.|
|2004||Promoted to glory on 10 April at 2200 hrs while at St Luke’s Hospital.|
|2004||Pastor John Willis Scholarship Fund at SBC is established with the over $240,000 he willed to SBC.|
|2005||John B Willis Memorial Scholarship Fund at Moody Bible Institute is established with the money from his estate.|
|2010||BCC names a 450-seater hall on the second storey of its new church building as John Willis Hall.|
|2010||The book An American We Are Grateful For on the life and legacy of Pastor John Willis is published in February by Singapore Christian Foundation.|
|2010||PJW Mission Endowment Fund is established, with the proceeds from the sale of this book via BCC, to support future missionaries of BCC.|