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|Born||Ira Lutts North
August 31, 1922
|Died||January 15, 1984
|Education||Abilene Christian College (B.A.)
University of Illinois (M.A.)
Louisiana State University (PhD)
|Known for||Ministry at Madison Church of Christ|
|Notable work||Amazing Grace Bible Class
Balance - A Tried And Tested Formula For Church Growth
|Religion||Churches of Christ|
|Spouse(s)||Avon Stephens North|
He received his education at David Lipscomb College (now Lipscomb University, Abilene Christian College (now Abilene Christian University (B.A.), University of Illinois (M.A.), and Louisiana State University (PhD).
At the age of 17 he began a 43-year preaching ministry that ranged from Illinois and Louisiana to Tennessee. His longest ministry service was for Madison Church of Christ in Nashville. He began preaching for the Madison church in 1953 and continued for 32 years. During his leadership, the Madison church grew to one of the largest Churches of Christ worldwide.
He was editor of Gospel Advocate, a religious journal prominent among the Churches of Christ. He wrote several books, most notably Balance - A Tried And Tested Formula For Church Growth. He was also a teacher on the nationally televised Amazing Grace Bible Class which featured sermons like "If I Were a Woman" among other topics.
His wife, the former Avon Stephens, whom he wed in 1939, died in April 2008.
- "[Ira North: Lover of the very young]". Gospel Advocate. CXXXII (11). November 1990.
- "Avon North Obituary -". Tennessean. Nashville, Tennessee: Legacy.com. Retrieved 2015-06-22.
B. C. Goodpasture
|Editor of the Gospel Advocate
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