John Harper & The Titanic

This is a brief biography of John Harper. He was the son of a draper, born in Houston, Renfrewshire on 29th May 1872. He was blessed by being brought up in a Christian home and benefiting from a good education. At the age of fourteen, on the last Sunday of March 1886, he personally accepted Christ as his Saviour and Lord. On leaving school that year, he worked first as a trainee gardener, then in a carpet factory, and later in a paper mill.

It was in 1890 that he gave himself to the preaching of the Gospel in the vicinity of his home, so that by the time he was called to be pastor of the Paisley Road  Baptist Church, he was  an experienced messenger of God’s Kingdom.

John Harper was used mightily by God and he was asked to speak at the Moody Church in Chicago, he was travelling onboard the RMS Titanic when on April 14th 1912 the ship struck an iceberg, with the loss of over 1490 souls. Accounts of the last minutes of the Titanic sinking indicate that John Harper was leading men and women to a knowlege of the Saving Grace of our Lord and Saviour before they drowned, one account given indicates John Harper asked one man ” Has your Soul been Saved” and upon the negative response he gave the man his life vest. The man survived to tell the story of John Harper, John was fully aware of his own mortality but he was assured that there was a place reserved for him in Heaven as the Scriptures tell.

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John Harper with his daughter Nan