1846–1919

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Born: Ju­ly 6, 1846, Brook­lyn, New York.

Died: June 12, 1919, Los An­ge­les, Ca­li­for­nia.

Buried: For­est Lawn Me­mor­i­al Park, Glen­dale, Ca­li­for­nia.

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Biography

John was the son of Ol­iv­er Ketch­am and Sar­ah T. Sam­mis, and hus­band of Ma­ry L. Sam­mis.

He moved to Lo­gans­port, In­di­a­na, around 1869, where he was a suc­cess­ful bus­i­ness­man and lat­er a sec­re­ta­ry for the Young Men’s Chris­tian As­so­ci­a­tion.

Feeling a call to the min­is­try, he at­tend­ed Mc­Corm­ick The­o­lo­gic­al Se­mi­na­ry, Chi­ca­go, Il­li­nois, and Lane The­o­lo­gic­al Se­mi­na­ry, Cin­cin­na­ti, Ohio.

He was or­dained a Pres­by­ter­i­an min­is­ter in 1880, and served in Glid­den, Io­wa; In­di­an­a­po­lis, In­di­a­na; Grand­ha­ven, Mi­chi­gan; Red Wing, Min­ne­so­ta; and Sul­li­van, In­di­a­na.

In 1901, he moved to Ca­li­for­nia, where he taught at the Bi­ble Ins­ti­tute of Los An­ge­les for the rest of his ca­reer.

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