The Baptist Temple

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The Baptist Temple Church (legally named Grace Baptist Church) of Blue Bell, Pennsylvania, is over one hundred thirty years old.  A number of histories have been written concerning its first years, the building of the church at Broad and Berks Streets and a most popular minister of forty-three years.  The library of the church contains many such histories as well as primary sources (bulletins, monthly papers, sermons and pictures).

The details of the church’s background and the ministry of Dr. Russell H. Conwell, including personal appraisals, are well documented.  However, it would be unfair to assume that the history of the Temple was complete with the end of such a pastorate.  The Temple changed with fine leadership and ultimately moved to Blue Bell from the center of Philadelphia.

For those wishing a greater understanding of the early years of The Baptist Temple, Dr. Conwell’s ministry, the birth of Temple University and the Temple University Hospital, we recommend:

  1. Temples and Templars by Robert J. Burdette
  2. From Tent to Temple by Edward O. Elliott
  3. Russell H. Conwell and His Work by Agnes Burr
  4. Russell H. Conwell by Albert Hatcher Smith



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