J. H. Hamblen
Dr. James Henry Hamblen (1877-1971) was a lifelong Texan, a pastor of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South in Texas, an evangelist and revivalist preacher, and subsequent to 1946, was the founder of the Evangelical Methodist Church.
After a long career as an itinerant Methodist circuit preacher and pastor, Hamblen served as first general superintendent of the fundamentalist and missions-centered Evangelical Methodist Church during the denomination's founding, and was pastor of First Evangelical Methodist Church, Abilene, Texas, for several decades.
His son, Carl Stuart Hamblen, was a composer and singer, penning and performing popular songs "This Ole House" and "It Is No Secret (What God Can Do);" and in 1952 he ran for president of the United States on the Prohibition Party ticket.
- J. H. Hamblen, "A Look into Life: An Autobiography" (Abliene, Tex.: J.H. Hamblen, 1969)