|William Ashley (Billy) Sunday (1862-1935) was an American evangelist born in Iowa. A professional baseball player in the National League, he was saved in 1886. Associated with J. Wilbur Chapman from 1893 to 1895. An evangelist from 1896 to 1935, he made an attack on liquor the mainstay of his campaigns.|
Marriage and Family:
Helen Amelia Thompson Sunday (1868-1957): Wife of Billy Sunday. She met him in Chicago when she was eighteen, shortly after his conversion to Christ, and they were married in 1888. During the early years of his ministry, she and the children (Helen Edith, George Marquis, William Ashley, Jr., and Paul Thompson) were separated from him for long periods of time. After 1907, Helen, or "Nell" (also called "Ma") traveled by his side most of the time, doing much of the planning for his evangelistic campaigns, handling finances, speaking at women's meetings and being there to encourage him. After Billy's death in 1935, she traveled extensively throughout the country helping to raise money for rescue missions and similar Christian ministries, addressing youth rallies, and was active in the work of such Christian ministries as Bob Jones University, Youth for Christ, and the Voice of the Andes radio station. Two additional photographs of Helen Sunday include one undated and another dated 1912.
Billy Sunday and the Redemption of Urban America by Lyle W. Dorsett. Grand Rapids, Mich.: Eerdmans, c1991.
Sunday: Home Run to Heaven by Robert A. Allen. Published by Mott
The Billy Sunday Story (DVD) narrated by Dr. Homer Rodeheaver. Beacon Video Ministries, ©1989.
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