Wednesday, December 21, 2005

About John W. Rawlings

John W. Rawlings was the pastor of Landmark Baptist Temple in Cincinnati, Ohio for almost 50 years and he was a founder of Baptist Bible Fellowship. He served as Vice President of Baptist Bible College until 1975 when he was elected President of the BBFI.

The Landmark Hour was a radio broadcast of the Sunday evening service of the Landmark Baptist Temple for over 25 years beginning in the 1960's through the 1980's. At its height the service was broadcast on over 800 radio stations worldwide. Usually the message was from the pastor, Dr. Rawlings, but occasionally the speaker would be one of the great preachers of that day including B. R. Lakin, G. B. Vick, R. G. Lee, and John R. Rice.

The very popular music program of the church was also featured including the Landmark Choir and the Landmark Quartet that toured the country with Dr. Rawlings in the late 1960's.

Since his retirement from the church, Dr. John has led the Rawlings Foundation to help churches in America and to provide property assets for the work of missionaries in many countries. He is assisted by his sons, Herb and Harold, who both served on the staff of Landmark Baptist during his pastorate there. Harold was the successor to his father as the pastor of the church until his retirement a few years ago.