John Oswald Sanders

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Dr. John Oswald Sanders (October 17, 1902—October 24, 1992) was a general director of Overseas Missionary Fellowship (then known as China Inland Mission) in the 1950s and 1960s. He authored more than forty books on the Christian life. He became an elder statesman and worldwide conference speaker from his retirement until his death.[1]

Sanders was born in Invercargill, New Zealand and gained a law degree in 1922. He attended the Bible Training Institute in Auckland and joined its staff in 1926. In 1931, he married Edith Mary Dobson.[1]

Sanders left a promising law practice in his native New Zealand to serve as an instructor and administrator at the Bible College of New Zealand.

In 1954 he became general director of the China Inland Mission and led the reorganization of the CIM into the Overseas Missionary Fellowship.[1] He was instrumental in beginning many new missions projects throughout East Asia. Upon his retirement in 1969, he continued to teach worldwide and to write prolifically.[1]


  • Days on the Life of Christ
  • A Sufficient Grace
  • Bible Men of Faith
  • Christ Indwelling and Enthroned
  • Cielo
  • Consider Him
  • Divine Art of Soul-Winning
  • Dynamic Spiritual Leadership
  • Earthen Vessels
  • Effective Evangelism
  • Enjoying Intimacy With God
  • Enjoying Your Best Years
  • Every Life Is A Plan Of God
  • Facing Loneliness
  • For Believers Only
  • Heaven Better By Far
  • Heresies and Cults
  • Holy Spirit and His Gifts
  • Incomparable Christ: Person and Work of Jesus Christ
  • Joy of Following Jesus
  • Just the Same Today
  • One Hundred and Five Days with John
  • Prayer Power Unlimited
  • Problems of Christian Discipleship
  • Robust in Faith
  • Satan Is No Myth
  • Shoe-Leather Commitment: Guidelines for Disciples
  • Spiritual Clinic
  • Spiritual Discipleship: Principles of Following Christ for Every Believer
  • Spiritual Leadership
  • Spiritual Maturity
  • Spiritual Problems
  • The Incomparable Christ
  • This I Remember (autobiography)
  • What of the Unevangelized? and Effective Evangelism: What Happens to Those Who Have Never Heard the Gospel
  • World Prayer: Powerful Insights from Four of the World's Great Men of Prayer
  • Your Best Years


  1. ^ a b c d Lineham, Peter. "Sanders J(ohn) Oswald". In Anderson, Gerald H., ed. (1999). Biographical Dictionary of Christian Missions, p. 590. Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing.

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Religious titles
Preceded by
Frank Houghton
Director of the China Inland Mission
Succeeded by
Michael C. Griffiths