W. Grainger

(1844-1899). First American Seventh-day Adventist missionary to Japan, minister, teacher, and college president. A convert of Abram La Rue in California in the 1870s, soon after conversion he conducted evangelistic meetings in that state. He later taught in, and was president of, Healdsburg College. In 1896 he was asked by the Foreign Mission Board to open SDA mission work in Japan. Accompanied by a former student of his of Japanese descent, T. H. Okohira, he went to Tokyo and began work among the young people, mainly university students, by giving them English lessons, using the Bible as a text. In 1899 he started the monthly Owari no Fukuin (“The Gospel for the Last Days”), the first SDA Japanese language periodical.

From the Seventh-day Adventist Encyclopedia. Published with permission from the Review and Herald Publishing Association.

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