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Owen A. Troy (1899-1962)


Owen A. Troy, born Nov. 3, 1899, in Los Angeles, California; died Jan. 18, 1962, in Bethesda, Maryland. He attended San Fernando Academy, graduating in 1918. He completed the theological course at Pacific Union College, and after serving an apprenticeship as song leader, tentmaster, evangelist, and pastor-evangelist, he was ordained to the ministry.

His first charge was in the Bay Area of California, where he founded the Market Street church of Oakland. He was called to be pastor of the Shiloh church of Chicago. There he was closely associated with Dr. Harry Ford in establishing a clinic and other institutional features of that congregation. Subsequently he was business manager of Oakwood College for two years before returning to evangelism and administrative appointments in southern California and the Pacific Union Conference.

In 1942, while pastor of the Sunset Avenue church, he founded the radio broadcast known as The Sweet Chariot Hour. After serving in the Pacific Union as secretary of the Regional department, he became an associate secretary in the Sabbath school department of the conference. In 1958 he was called to be associate secretary of the General Conference Sabbath School Department. He received his M.A. degree from the University of Chicago and his Doctor of Theology degree from the University of Southern California.

Left to cherish his memory are his wife; a son, Owen A. Troy, Jr.; and a granddaughter.

-Adventist Review, May 31, 1962