John Harper

John Harper

John Harper (29 May 1872 – 15 April 1912) was a Scottish Baptist pastor who died in the sinking of the RMS Titanic in the North Atlantic Ocean. Harper was born in Scotland and his reputation as an evangelist was so well known that he was invited to speak at The Moody Church in 1910. In 1912, Harper was on his way back to America, now as the Pastor of Moody Church.  Being a widower, he boarded the Titanic with his six-year-old daughter to begin a new chapter.  Survivors later reported that as Titanic began to sink, Harper admonished people to be prepared to die. He made sure his daughter was safely in a lifeboat and continued to share the Gospel with whoever would listen. And when he found himself in the icy water with a life jacket, floating near another man, Harper asked, “Are you saved?” Forsaking his own rescue, Pastor Harper had one last convert who survived, and surrendered his life to Christ.

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