Samuel Moor Shoemaker

1893-1963. Episcopal clergyman and writer. Born in Baltimore, Maryland, he studied at Princeton University and was ordained priest after graduation from Union Theological Seminary in 1921. (Between Princeton and seminary he had served for two years as a YMCA secretary in China.) From 1925 he was rector of Calvary Episcopal Church, New York. Attracted by Frank Buchman's Moral Re-Armament* Movement, he later left it, but without loss of his evangelical enthusiasm. As a popular lecturer, counselor, and radio speaker, Shoemaker inspired laymen of all walks to put warm Christian faith into practice in their everyday lives, and to evangelize on a personal basis. He assisted also the founders of Alcoholics Anonymous in the formulation of their useful “Twelve Steps.” His numerous books included Realizing Religion (1921); Religion That Works (1928); Twice Born Ministers (1929); How You Can Help Other People (1946); and By the Power of God (1954).