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He accepted Jesus in 1926 while on a Christian holiday camp, largely through the witness of a cousin who was a navy officer. After working for Barings, the merchant bank, for ten years, he committed himself to full-time preaching and became one of the most effective Christian evangelists in post-World War II Britain, especially among young people.
His understanding of the Christian life underwent a radical change in 1947 following a conference that he had arranged to which he invited members of the East Africa Revival Movement. He was very much influenced by their strong emphasis on a personal implementation of the basics of the Christian faith, in particular the healing powers of openness and repentance.
His preaching subsequently incorporated these new insights. This brought criticism because of its introspective element, from some he had previously worked with, but it was much appreciated by many Christians on both sides of the Atlantic.
In the years that follow Roy, together with Dr. Joe Church, the leader of a group of missionaries from East Africa, ministered to many churches and conferences in Europe, Brazil, Indonesia, North America and Africa.
In 1967 he lost his first wife, Revel, in a road accident. He later married Pamela Greaves who had worked as a missionary in East Africa.
Roy Hession died in 1992 but he is remembered for his infectious enthusiasm and his humour, but above all for his unwavering stand on the principles of repentance and grace that had become so precious to him.
Continuation of his Ministry
Roy married Pamela Greaves in 1968.
Altogether, Roy had ten books published, some of them co-authored with his wife Revel Hession. The first was Calvary Road, first produced in 1950. This has been continuously in print in English ever since. His last book, Good News For Bad People, was finished in 1989 just hours before he suffered a serious stroke. One, or more, of Roy’s books has been produced in more than 80 languages.
- Hession, Roy; Hession, Revel (1950). The Calvary Road. Fort Washington, Pennsylvania: Christian Literature Crusade. OCLC 2063749.
- Hession, Roy (1978). My Calvary road. Grand Rapids: Zondervan. ISBN 978-0-310-26031-8. OCLC 3650216.
- Roy Hession, Forgotten Factors: an aid to deeper repentance of the forgotten factors of sexual misbehavior, Fort Washington, Pa.: Christian Literature Crusade, (1976)
- Roy Hession, Not I, but Christ, Fort Washington, Pa.: Christian Literature Crusade (1980)
- Roy & Revel Hession, We Would See Jesus, Fort Washington, Pa.: Christian Literature Crusade, (1958) (E-text)
- Roy Hession, Be Filled Now, Fort Washington, Pa.: Christian Literature Crusade, (1968?) (E-text)
- Roy Hession, "When I saw Him---" :Where Revival Begins, Fort Washington, Pa.: Christian Literature Crusade, (1975)
- Roy Hession, Our Nearest Kinsman: The Message Of Redemption and Revival in the Book of Ruth, Ft. Washington, Pa.: Christian Literature Crusade, (1976)
- Roy Hession, From Shadow To Substance : The Rediscovery of the Inner Message of the Epistle to the Hebrews centered around the words "Let Us Go On", Grand Rapids: Zondervan Publishing House, (1977)
- Roy Hession, Good News For Bad People, Fort Washington, Pa.: Christian Literature Crusade, (1990)
- Roy & Revel Hession, Is Victorious Living Possible? : A Question Asked By All Who Seek A Life Of Power and Harmony, Fort Washington, PA : Christian Literature Crusade, (197-?)
- My Calvary Road, Hodder and Stoughton,1978, p. 215