charles edward jefferson 1898 ny times article
.'",4 .-.mm - . ... . . . " -i THE REV. CHARLES EDWARD JEFFERSON. The new pastor of Broadway Tabernacle Church early showed his pulpit ability by winning first honors Itv a State' oratorical contest that warmly Interested every young collegian In Ohio In 1882. It was the year of his graduation from Ohio Wesleyan University at Delaware, and everybody was surprised at the result, for It was not supposed that the' usually cold temperament of the man could so arouse Itself as to carry a great audience with It. The Rev. Charles Edward Jefferson was born at Cambridge; Ohio, the year before the civil war broke out. His father was the dentist of the village. The eon went to the academy and then to the high school. Then he undertook, as so many Western young men do, to teuch school. While teaching he studied law. He also saved some money. With that money he went to Boston and entered the law school of the Boston University. While fn Boston he attended Trinity Church. The preaching of Its great rector, afterward Bishop Brooks of Massachu- setts and now dead, aroused a latent religious feeling within him. He made the acquaintance of- the distinguished divine, and under his Influence changed from the law to the theological school of the same university. Being graduated In 1887 he was Immediately called to the pastorate of Central Congregational Church at Chelsea, Mass., at a salary of $2,500. There be developed as a pulpit orator., as a thinker, and as a pastoral worker. The fame of the man grew, and so did the membership and spiritual manhood of his church. He went beyond the confines of his congregation and became the cltlsen, the reformer. He spoke on public questions, notably the temperance question, and he became a not small factor In the "present condition of Chelsea In having had no open saloon since 1800. When fresh from the theological seminary he went to the Central Church he found a membership of 473. Now there Is a membership of 7.T0, and yet so great Is the shifting of the imputation that he has to receive from sixty to seventy-five new members each year before he' can begin to make an increase. One of his methods In the past has been the giving of lectures during the Sunday evenings In June on "Congregationalism." h(s aim being to make the members of his church intelligent churchmen and church- women. It was this record, coupled with the personality of the man, his pulpit ahll- Ity. and his pastoral success, that led to his call to one of the most prominent churches of New York. The Broadway Tabernacle was made famous by the late Rev. Dr. Will-lam M.Taylor. Of late years business stands have crowded upon and around It, and It is said to be th purpose of the congregation, after consultation with the new pastor, to consider the matter of a sale of the property and removal to another site. The salary of the Rev. Mr. Jefferson is to be $10,000 a year. The Rev. Charles K4var Jefferson, New Paktor of the Broadway Tabernacle.