April 4, 1890, near Green Forest, Arkansas.
September 25, 1967, in a rest home near Joplin, Missouri.
Hazelgreen Cemetery, near Neosho, Missouri.
Porter preached his first sermon in 1911 near Harrison, Arkansas, the beginning of a long career in at least 30 American states. He is said to have baptized about 10,000 people over six decades, including his own family. Most of his preaching was in meetings, but he did some local work in Bristow, Oklahoma (1919–28), and helped plant churches throughout northeast Oklahoma. In 1931, Porter moved to Neosho, Missouri, his home for the rest of life.
Porter was active in radio broadcasting, preaching on over 50 stations throughout America. He wrote a number of books and tracts, articles for several different newspapers, and edited The Christian Worker of Wichita, Kansas, for several years, starting in September 1955.