Niagara County

1897 Biography - B. Q. Denham

Denham, Rev. B. Q., was born near Bloomington, Ill., September 22, 1865. He was educated at the Salem Academy, Salem, Mo., and the Illinois Wesleyan University, Bloomington, Ill. He engaged in business pursuits for four years in Kansas City, Mo., finally entering the ministry in 1890, as pastor of the Christian church, Olathe, Kan. He was formally ordained to the ministry, March 15, 1891. He remained at Olathe for sixteen months, doing a successful work, when he went to Kansas City, Kan., as pastor of the Central Christian church of that city. Here he remained for four and a half years, adding over seven hundred members to the church. July 1, 1896, he took the pastorate of the Church of Christ of North Tonawanda, N. Y., where in the first eight months of his work one hundred members have been added to the church, giving it a membership of four hundred and seventy, being the largest protestant membership in this city. He is a lecturer of recognized ability, and has won a high reputation as an orator, preacher and Christian worker. Mr. Denham publishes a weekly paper in connection with his work, called Onward. He also contributes to the national Christian Endeavor organ of his denomination, the Lookout, of Cincinnati, O. He served one term as president of the Kansas Christian Endeavor Union. He is now corresponding secretary of the New York Christian Missionary Society. While in Kansas he led the fight for the extermination of the lotteries of that State, and won the fight. He has dedicated four churches and ordained three men to the ministry of the gospel. In his different fields of labor, and as an evangelist he has added 1,135 members to the churches of Christ. In 1888 he married Azubah Squier, of Hardin, Ill., and they have three sons: Leland, Ralph and Charles.

Contributed 2017 by Lisa Slaski from Landmarks of Niagara County, New York, by William Pool, D. Mason & Co., Syracuse, NY, 1897

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