|Harold Samuel Laird Collection|
|Collection #MS066 — Box #360||
Dr. Harold Samuel Laird
[8 August 1891 - 25 August 1987]
|Content Summary: Sermons and messages by Dr. Harold S. Laird together with photographs of Dr. Laird, a Memorial composed upon his death, and a book of remembrances compiled by Albert W. Oldham and Dr. & Mrs. R. Laird Harris. Also included are several articles bu Mr. Gerald F. Vaughn about Dr. Laird, his role at Faith Theological Seminary,|
|Span Dates: 1933-2003|
|Size: 0.5 cu. ft.|
|Administrative Information: This miscellany collection consists of materials gathered by the staff of the PCA Historical Center, beginning about 2001.|
|Preferred Citation: Harold Samuel Laird Miscellany Collection, PCA Historical Center, St. Louis, Missouri.|
|Access Restrictions: None|
|Related Collections: Bible Presbyterian Church; Faith Theological Seminary; Faith Presbyterian Church, Wilmington, DE.|
|Collection Focus: "Called Out and Cast Out" (1937)|
Harold Samuel Laird was born on August 8, 1891, in New Castle, Pennsylvania. His father was a faithful Presbyterian pastor who raised him in the nurture of the Lord. Harold Laird was converted at a young age and walked closely with his Lord ever afterward. Upon graduation from Lafayette College and Princeton Theological Seminary he was ordained to the Gospel Ministry and held six successful pastorates.
Harold Laird was an outstanding preacher of the Gospel, a caring pastor, a contender for the faith, and one who was vitally interested in world missions. He had a leading role in the events which led to the formation of one source of the PCA. He was a founding member of the Board of Directors of Westminster Theological Seminary, the Independent Board for Presbyterian Foreign Missions, and Faith Theological Seminary. He was willing to suffer for his convictions even to the point of being suspended from the ministry of the PCUSA and being removed as pastor of one of the most prestigous churches of Wilmington, Delaware. Wheaton College honored him with a Doctor of Divinity degree and he was elected as Moderator of the Reformed Presbyterian Church, Evangelical Synod. He also served on the Board of the Quarryville Presbyterian Home.
Dr. Laird was a man who walked with God. All who heard him pray came into the presence of God. His life verse was Matthew 6:33 and his godly spirit evidenced that he practiced it. He was completely content in the providence of God in his life. Harold Laird ran his race well and entered into glory on August 25, 1987.
[excerpted from the Minutes of Susquehanna Valley Presbytery (PCA)]