230 –August 18 – This Day in Baptist History Past

A Man of Integrity


Harry Love was born into a sizeable family on July 12, 1926, on the western side of Michigan. He had been led to Christ in a local Baptist church. Three great events soon occurred in quick succession. A month prior to his graduation from Moody Bible Institute, Harry married Miss Jeanette Lyster on November 17, 1949. His graduation took place on December 15, 1949, and on January 11, 1950, he was ordained to the gospel ministry. When in 1951 the Moline Congregational Church assured Harry that they desired to become a Baptist church, he accepted the call to pastor there on May 15, 1951. The church experienced the blessings of God, but during that pastorate his wife came down with polio. Those early days of service, Harry and Jeanette endured the devastating trials so often used by the Lord to perfect His saints. Seeing the blessing of God upon Harry, the Rockford Baptist Church of Rockford, Michigan, called Reverend Love to be their pastor, and he assumed that pastorate on January 5, 1956. In the course of time, the men of the association of churches, of which the Rockford church was a part, observed God’s blessings upon Reverend Love’s ministry. Harry was asked to join the association administration, and became association director. On October 25, 1964, he became the General Director of the movement. When apostasy crept into the national association to which the state association belonged, Dr. Love led the sate group to disaffiliate from the organization.  On October 17, 1979, the Independent Fundamental Baptist Association of Michigan was formed, and Dr. Love served that organization as General Director until his retirement on August 18, 1998. In 1983 Dr. Love was invited to serve Baptist World Missions as a trustee.


Dr. Dale R. Hart From: “This Day in Baptist History III” David L. Cummins pp. 478 – 480



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