Paul Rader (evangelist)

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Daniel Paul Rader (1878 – July 19, 1938) was an influential evangelist in the Chicago area during the early 20th century and was America's first nationwide radio preacher. He was senior pastor of the renowned Moody Church from 1915 to 1921.

Rader wrote several hymns during his lengthy career, one of which was "Only Believe", a personal favorite of singer Elvis Presley. Presley recorded the song in 1970 for his album Love Letters from Elvis and it was subsequently released as a single in 1971, where it spent two weeks on the chart, peaking at #95.[1] "Only Believe" was also the theme song of William Branham's campaigns.

Rev. Rader also published a novel, "[ [Big Bug] ]", which was about Hollywood as the sin center of America.

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Rader, Paul. Big Bug. Fleming H. Revell Co.: New York, 1932.

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