Born: Biographies often give his date of birth a year earlier, but Rader’s daughter said he was born in 1878, in Cheyenne, Wyoming.
Died: July 19, 1938, Hollywood, California.
Buried: Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Glendale, California.
Rader was one of the most powerful evangelistic preachers of the early 20th Century. He described himself as an
ex-bellboy, ex-cowboy, ex-prospector, ex-football player, and ex-pugilist.
He was pastor of Moody Church in Chicago, Illinois (1915–21), and followed founder Albert Simpson as president of the Christian and Missionary Alliance (1920–23). He also founded the Chicago Gospel Tabernacle in 1922 and was its pastor for 11 years.
Rader wrote many Gospel song lyrics and a few tunes, and was instrumental in founding of the Tabernacle Publishing Company.
He was a pioneer of Christian broadcasting, as well: In the early 1920’s, the beginning days of radio, station WBBM in Chicago, Illinois, closed every Sunday. Rader received permission to use the studios, and for several years ran a 14-hour Christian program every Sunday. Rader called his
station within a station WJBT (
Where Jesus Blesses Thousands).