Christ For The Nations was originally founded as The Voice of Healing in 1948 by Gordon and Freda Lindsay. The ministry name was changed in 1967 to Christ For The Nations as a reflection of it’s now broader global vision.
April 18, 1914 – March 25, 2010
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June 18, 1906 to April 1, 1973
Gordon Lindsay was a deeply dedicated man, faithful to accomplish all that God put before him. Gordon grew to have a unique global view of discipleship and mission, while living as a humble man who would personally serve the orphan and the poor.
Though Gordon was not one to brag on himself, he was world renown for many lasting accomplishments.
Listed here are just some of those public accomplishments;
- A prolific writer who personally authored 250 books,
- A revivalist who was an organizational catalyst of stability and unity for the healing and miracles outpouring of the 1940s & 50s,
- A publisher of books, The Voice of Healing (CFN) magazine, discipleship materials, and more,
- A well traveled missionary working to see churches built all over the world,
- The founder of a unique bible school (CFNI) focused on being Spirit led, Biblically balanced, and globally minded
- A committed friend and supporter of Israel, rallying aid for both Jews and Arabs,
- A unifier of the church, inter-denominationally promoting our common core beliefs in Christ,
- A humanitarian who led CFN in many relief efforts
J. Gordon Lindsay was born to Thomas A. Lindsay and Effie (Ramsey) Lindsay in Zion City, Illinois, on June 18, 1906. Gordon was raised in an atmosphere of healing and Pentecostal experience, as his parents were followers of John Alexander Dowie, a famous healing evangelist. While Gordon was still very young his parents moved a few times before eventually settling in Oregon. At 16 years of age Gordon gave his life to Christ during a meeting led by Charles Parham, the initiator of the Pentecostal movement in Topeka, Kansas. Gordon later developed a relationship with John G. Lake, the founder of the Divine Healing Mission, in Spokane, Washington and Portland, Oregon. Gordon was afforded the opportunity to then travel with Lake in gospel campaigns. Gordon became a pastor at a Foursquare Gospel church in California, but returned to Oregon, where on November 14, 1937 he married Freda Theresa (Schimpf) Lindsay.
While starting a family, Gordon mostly served as a local pastor, but in 1947 he became the manager of famous healing revivalist, William Branham. In 1948 Gordon started publishing the Voice of Healing, an inter-evangelical monthly magazine dedicated to chronicling the miraculous outpouring of healings which were sweeping the country in revival meetings. Though the Voice of Healing started out covering William Branham’s meetings, other revivals and coverage of other evangelists began to appear in the magazine as it circulated nationwide.
Gordon Lindsay, and a growing group of healing ministers, hosted the first convention of healing evangelists in Dallas, Texas in 1949. This revival and healing group began to function as a loose fellowship of ministers also called the Voice of Healing. Other well known members included Oral Roberts and T.L. Osborn. As the popularity of some members rose they left the fellowship to establish their own organizations and publish their own literature.
In 1952 the Lindsay’s moved the ministry from Shreveport, Louisiana to Dallas, Texas. Then in 1954 they started their own printing press to publish the Voice of Healing magazine and many of the 250 books Gordon wrote. Gordon's work then began to take on a much more missional tone. He began sponsoring missions programs in several foreign countries and started a radio ministry. During 1956 he conducted a Winning the Nations Crusade sending teams of ministers all around the world. Travels to Central and South America in 1961 prompted the birth of a Native Church program, securing donors to help build roofs on churches.
In 1966 a bankrupt nightclub was purchased by the Lindsay’s ministry and renamed the Christian Center. Gordon and Freda began to hold regular seminars and evangelistic meetings at the Christian Center. The ministry had now grown into a worldwide missionary organization and in 1967 the name was changed to Christ For The Nations, which reflected this growth in both vision and calling. 1967 also saw Gordon and Freda lead the first CFN Israel Tour. Since then, there have been more 35 CFN tours of Israel.
One of Gordon’s last accomplishments before his death was to start a unique bible training institute in Dallas, Texas. Christ For The Nations Institute began in 1970 with an initial class of 50 students. Since then CFNI has trained thousands of students from all around the world with an emphasis on being Holy Spirit led and Biblically balanced with globally minded missional priorities.
Gordon Lindsay died suddenly on April 1, 1973 at his 25th anniversary celebration as President of the ministry and the celebration/dedication of CFNI’s new Institute building.
In the years after Gordon’s passing to heaven, his wife Freda would lead the ministry of CFN to new heights, accomplishing what Gordon could only have dreamed of. However, Freda would be quick to tell you that all of CFN’s success was built upon the ideas, prayers, and pioneering spirit of Gordon.