Charles T. Studd

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Charles Thomas Studd (around 1880)

Charles Thomas Studd (born December 2, 1860 in Spratton , Northamptonshire , England; † July 16, 1931 in Ibambi , now the Democratic Republic of the Congo ) was an English cricketer , Protestant missionary in China, India and Africa and founder of the Protestant missionary society WEK Worldwide Evangelization Crusade (today: WEC International - Worldwide Commitment for Christ - Worldwide Evangelization for Christ ).


Charles Thomas Studd (center) with his brothers Kynaston (left) and George (right)

Studd was the son of the wealthy Edward Studd, had five brothers and one sister, Priscilla. The father, three of his brothers, and he became determined Christians during an evangelism campaign by Dwight Lyman Moody and Ira David Sankey in England. He attended Eton College , then Trinity College , Cambridge and was a successful cricketer. In 1882 he played in the legendary game The Ashes for England against Australia, which England lost. In 1883 he graduated from Cambridge.

With Montagu Harry Proctor Beauchamp, Stanley P. Smith, Arthur T. Polhill-Turner, Dixon Edward Hoste, Cecil H. Polhill-Turner, William Wharton Cassells, he was one of the " Cambridge Seven " who had studied in Cambridge and moved to China in 1885 went to help China missionary Hudson Taylor in sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ . Studd married Priscilla Stewart in China in 1888, and they had four daughters and two sons.

1900–1906 Studd was pastor of a church in Ootacamund in Tamil Nadu , in southern India . A British missionary of German origin named Karl Kumm made him aware of unreached areas in central Africa, where people had never heard the gospel of Jesus Christ. In 1910 he therefore traveled to Sudan and Central Africa, which then led to the establishment of an Africa Mission Society (English name: Heart of Africa Mission ) based in London . Lord Radstock was one of his supporters. In 1913 Studd visited the Belgian Congo with Alfred Buxton and established four mission stations there. In 1916 his mission society expanded to South America and Asia and became the WEK World Evangelization Crusade . Studd then stayed several more times in the Congo and built up his center in Ibambi, while his sick wife Priscilla supported him from home in London, where she died in 1929. Studd continued to work in Ibambi until his death, where he died of untreated gallstones in 1931.

Norman Grubb , who was married to Studd's daughter Pauline and had worked with him, continued to run the WEK missionary organization in the spirit of Studd.


  • Christ's Etceteras , 1915
  • The Chocolate Soldier: Heroism: The Lost Chord of Christianity , 1916

German translations

  • The Chocolate Soldier or Where Are the Heroes of Christianity? Adullam, Grasbrunn 2007. ISBN 978-3-93148-478-1


Web links

Commons : Charles Thomas Studd  - collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. ^ Biographical notes on Charles Thomas Studd
  2. Jochen Klein: Short biography of Charles Thomas and Priscilla Studd , soundwords January 1, 2001 and January 12, 2018
  3. Short biography on Cricinfo