Thomas Todhunter Shields

1873-1955. Baptist minister. Born and educated in Bristol, England, he emigrated to Ontario where he preached in various towns from 1897. In 1910 he began his forty-year ministry at Jarvis Street Baptist Church, Toronto. A militant fundamentalist, he founded and edited in 1922 the Gospel Witness, which he used to attack modernism and McMaster University (of which he was a one-time board member). The virulence of his popular and controversial sermons drew a vote of censure against him by the Baptist Convention of Ontario and Quebec. He therefore founded the Ontario-Quebec Association of Regular Baptist Churches, which in turn was soon split by his anti-dispensational views, and the Independent Baptist Fellowship was formed. He was president of the Baptist Bible Union of North America from 1923 to 1930, and for a brief period in 1927 was the acting president of Des Moines University. Jarvis Street remained the heart of his movement, for it was the home of Toronto Bible Seminary, of which he became president in 1927, in addition to being the center of his pulpit ministry.