Frank Houghton

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Frank Houghton (1894–1972) was an Anglican missionary bishop and author.

Houghton was born in Stafford[1] and educated at London University and ordained in 1917. He held curacies at St Benedict, Everton and All Saints, Preston before heading to China as a missionary with the China Inland Mission in 1920. In 1923 he married Dorothy Cassels the daughter of William Cassels, who had been a member of the Cambridge Seven and became a bishop in China. Houghton was general director of the China Inland Mission at the time when the Mission had to leave China in 1951.[2] He was Bishop of Eastern Szechwan from 1937 to 1940.[3] Returning to England he held incumbencies at St Marks, New Milverton, Leamington and St Peter's, Drayton, Banbury. He retired in 1963 and died on 25 January 1972.[4]


Houghton's books include “The Two Hundred”, 1932; “China Calling”, 1936; “If We Believe” 1952; “Amy Carmichael of Dohnavur”, 1953; “The Fire Burns On”, 1964; and “Living Your Life”, 1966.[5]

He also wrote the hymns "Facing a task unfinished", "My Lord, who in the desert fed", "O Thou who dost direct my feet" and "Thou who wast rich beyond all splendour".[6]


  1. ^ “Who was Who” 1897–1990 London, A & C Black 1991 ISBN 0-7136-3457-X
  2. ^ Hudson's Directory, a list of members of the China Inland Mission held by the successor mission agency OMF International
  3. ^ Crockford's Clerical Directory1940-41 Oxford, OUP,1941
  4. ^ The Times, Friday, January 28, 1972; pg. 16; Issue 58387; col F Obituary: Bishop Houghton
  5. ^ British Library website accessed 31 January 2011
  6. ^ Frank Houghton: Texts at