David Howard Adeney

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David Howard Adeney
Born(1911-11-03)3 November 1911
Bedford, England
Died11 May 1994(1994-05-11) (aged 82)
Alma materQueens' College, Cambridge
Employer(s)China Inland Mission
InterVarsity Fellowship
International Fellowship of Evangelical Students

David Howard Adeney (3 November 1911 – 11 May 1994)[1] was a British Protestant Christian missionary and university evangelist in Hunan, China and East Asia. He served with the China Inland Mission (CIM), InterVarsity Fellowship, and International Fellowship of Evangelical Students (IFES).[2] In 1968 he founded the Discipleship Training Centre (DTC) in Singapore.[3]

Life and Ministry[edit]

Born into a missionary family in Bedford, England on 3 November 1911, Adeney decided to become a missionary to China, following the path of his parents who had worked in Romania with the London Jews' Society.[4] He was educated at Monkton Combe School, Somerset, UK,[5] and completed an MA in theology and history at Queens' College, Cambridge, UK in 1933.[5] Before moving to China in 1934, he spent a year at the CIM training school in London.

Between 1934 and 1914, he involved in church planting in rural villages in central China. and left for the United States due to the attack on Pearl Harbor. During his stay in the U.S., he worked in InterVarsity for a year, before moving back in China and being appointed as the associate general secretary of China InterVarsity Christian Fellowship.[4]

In 1956, Adeney was appointed the associate general secretary for the Far East of IFES, whose office was located in Hong Kong. He led the student ministry until 1968 when the Cultural Revolution started.[6]

He founded DTC in Singapore, an institution first initiated by the CIM, to train university graduates in theology.[4]

He had various teaching experiences in theological institutes, including the China Graduate School of Theology and New College Berkeley, California.[6]

He died on 11 May 1994 in Berkeley, California.[7]


He married with CIM missionary Ruth Temple in 1938. Both of them moved to Henan for missionary after marriage.[4]


Primary Sources[edit]

  • David H. Adeney, The Unchanging Commission (1955)[8]
  • David H. Adeney, Before Missionary Service (1967)[9]
  • David H. Adeney, China: Christian Students Face the Revolution (1973)[10]
  • David H. Adeney, China, the Church's Long March (1985)[7]

Secondary Sources[edit]

  • Carolyn Armitage, Reaching for the Goal: The Life Story of David Adeney (1993)[11]

See also[edit]

External links[edit]


  1. ^ David Ellis (17 May 1994). "Obituary: David Adeney". The Independent Features. p. 14.
  2. ^ "Collection 393 – David Howard Adeney. T1 Transcript". www2.wheaton.edu. Retrieved 19 January 2018.
  3. ^ "Obituary: David Adeney". The Independent. 17 May 1994. Retrieved 19 January 2018.
  4. ^ a b c d Kwok, Wai-luen (July 2009). "Keeping tradition and Introducing Innovation: David Adeney's Student Ministry as a Case for Studying the Interaction and Changes of Hong Kong Church and Society". Jian Dao (32): 123–152.
  5. ^ a b "Interview with David Howard Adeney – Collection 393". www2.wheaton.edu. Retrieved 19 January 2018.
  6. ^ a b Doyle, G. Wright. "David Howard Adeney (1911–1994)". Biographical Dictionary of Chinese Christianity. Retrieved 11 June 2018.
  7. ^ a b Adeney, David H. (8 July 1988). China: The Church's Long March (New ed.). Eastbourne: Kingsway Publications. ISBN 9780860656661.
  8. ^ Adeney, David H. (1955). The unchanging commission. Inter-Varsity Press.
  9. ^ Adeney, David H. (1967). Before Missionary Service (First ed.). Inter-Varsity Fellowship. ISBN 9780851102108.
  10. ^ Adeney, David H. (1 June 1973). China: Christian Students Face the Revolution. London: Inter-Varsity Press. ISBN 9780851103709.
  11. ^ Armitage, Carolyn (1 October 1993). Reaching for the Goal: The Life Story of David Adeney Ordinary Man, Extraordinary Mission (First Printing ed.). Wheaton, Ill.: Harold Shaw Pub. ISBN 9780877887126.