- William Thomas Berger
William Thomas Berger (1815 – 1899), was a
Christian starchmanufacturer in Londonand owner of Samuel Berger & Co., a patent rice starch manufacturer, who became the first home (England) director of the China Inland Missionwith James Hudson Taylorin 1865. At this time the headquarters of the mission agency was located at Saint Hill Manorin East Grinstead, England. As the Home Director he was responsible for editing the Occasional Paper of the China Inland Mission and carrying on the work of sending more missionariesto follow Hudson Taylor to China.
At the time of the
Yangzhou riotthat brought unwelcome notoriety to the mission activity in China, Berger had to defend Taylor and his group from the attacks of the British press. Often, he had to assume this role with little or no knowledge of the current events in China due to the delay in communication with the missionaries overseas.
The Bergers resigned due to failing health and also due to his personal convictions which were similar to
Andrew Jukes(in conflict with the traditional Christian principles of the China Inland Mission) regarding the eternal punishment of non-Christians. He remained a faithful supporter of the mission and a friend of Hudson Taylor until his death.
Trivia note: Berger sold the estate at East Grinstead long before it came to be owned by the unrelated Scientology group.
List of China Inland Mission missionaries in China
Christianity in China
Historical Bibliography of the China Inland Mission
* [http://www.wholesomewords.org/biography/biorptaylor.html Christian Biography Resources]
* [http://www.omf.org/ Overseas Missionary Fellowship]
* [http://deeperlife.phpnet.us/hudsontaylor/growthofasoul/ Hudson Taylor in Early Years-The Growth of a Soul - Volume 1 by Dr. and Mrs Howard Taylor]
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