1896–1989
portrait

Feb­ru­a­ry 18, 1896, Brook­lyn, Iowa.

May 27, 1989.

San Fer­nan­do Cem­e­te­ry III, San An­ton­io, Tex­as.

Son of a Me­tho­dist father and Quak­er mother, Ball was an As­sem­blies of God min­is­ter for ov­er se­ven de­cades.

He lost his fa­ther at age eight, and as a child suf­fered from spi­nal men­in­gi­tis, arth­ri­tis, and lung prob­lems. When a doc­tor a­dvised seek­ing a drier cli­mate, his mo­ther moved the fam­i­ly to Am­is­tad, New Mex­i­co, in 1907.

They stayed there a year be­fore an un­suc­cess­ful at­tempt to move to an Am­er­i­can set­tle­ment in south­ern Mex­i­co. Flood­ing stopped their co­vered wa­gon before they could reach Mex­i­co, so they bought 10 acres of land in Ri­car­do, Tex­as, and found­ed their home­stead.

Ball came to Christ at age 14, while still in high school in Ri­car­do. He con­duct­ed his first ev­an­gel­i­cal meet­ing short­ly af­ter: two peo­ple attended, the start of a long and fruit­ful min­is­try.

In 1924, Ball found­ed the Ca­sa Evan­gél­i­ca de Pub­li­ca­ci­on­es in San An­ton­io, Texas. Two years later, he opened the La­tin Am­er­i­can Bi­ble In­sti­tute in San An­ton­io. He pub­lished a news­pa­per, the Luz Ap­o­stól­i­ca, and pre­pared hym­nals, one of which, the 1916 Him­nos de Glo­ría, which even­tu­al­ly sold over one mil­lion co­pies through­out the Span­ish speak­ing world. He would later pub­lish five more hym­nals.

Ball found­ed what became Life Pub­lish­ers In­ter­na­tion­al, and wrote train­ing ma­ter­ials for new pas­tors. In 1929, when the Mex­i­can con­ven­tion of the As­sem­blies of God in Mex­i­co be­came the La­tin Am­er­i­can Dis­trict Coun­cil, Ball be­came su­per­in­ten­dent.

  1. En Pe­ca­dos y Te­mor
  1. Canten del Amor de Cris­to
  2. Cuán Tier­na­men­te Je­sús Hoy Nos Lla­ma
  3. Mi Cul­pa El Lle­vó
  4. ¡Oh! Yo Quie­ro An­dar con Cris­to
  5. Si Cre­ye­re Pue­de a El Ve­nir
  6. Su Yu­go Es Fá­cil
  7. Tú Am­a­rás a Cris­to
  8. Vamos a Sem­brar