Judson W. Van DeVenter

Judson W. Van DeVenter
Short Name: Judson W. Van DeVenter
Full Name: Van DeVenter, Judson W. (Judson Wheeler), 1855-1939
Birth Year: 1855
Death Year: 1939

Judson Wheeler Van DeVenter was born on a farm near Dundee, Michigan, on December 5, 1855 to John Wesley van Deventer and his wife, Eliza Ann (Wheeler) van Deventer.
In 1870, he was one of four children. His older brother, Virgil, was 18 and attending school. Judson was 14 and also a student. His younger brother, Nelson, was 12, and he had a sister, Fanny, who was five. His family was living on a farm in Dundee, Michigan. His grandmother, Polly Wheeler was 6o and living with them.
He graduated from Hillsdale College and became an art teacher. Later he was the supervisor of art in the public schools of Sharon, Pennsylvania. In 1880, when he was 24, he married Malissa Miller, who was 21. Malissa’s mother, Ivy, had remarried to a farmer, named Oscar Curtis. They lived in Summerfield, Michigan, and had a newborn son, Arthur. Judson moved in with the family and was employed as a painter. A year later, Judson and Malissa had their daughter, Cleo Iva.

He was active as a layman in the Episcopal-Methodist Church, and became very active in the evangelistic meetings held in his church. Seeing his abilities, his friends urged him to quit his job and become an evangelist. For five years he wavered between the ministry and seeking recognition as an artist. Finally he surrendered his life completely to Christ and travelled extensively throughout the United States, England, and Scotland as an evangelist, assisted by the singer, Winfield S. Weeden.
In 1886, he was living in Sharon, Pennsylvania, and received a passport. He planned to go to the British Isles, France, Switzerland, Italy, Germany, Holland, and Belgium. He was described as being 30 years old, 5 foot 6 inches tall, dark brown eyes, medium nose, large mouth, dark brown hair, with a light complexion and a sharp, angular face. He used the passport to tour Europe, and visit the art galleries and museums, and other resources to study painting.

In 1888, he had a son, Paul Dorel. They were living in Michigan.
In 1902, their daughter, Cleo Iva, died. She was twenty years old.
In 1910, he was 54 and his wife, Malissa, was 51. They had been married for 30 years and were living at 4th Street North, in Saint Petersburg, Florida. Their house was near the corner of First Avenue North. Their son, Dore D. was 21. Judson owned his own photography shop and his son also worked as a photographer.
In 1920, Judson was 62, and his wife was 57. They owned an apartment house, free of a mortgage and shared it with their son, Dore, and his wife and son, Judson. Dore had the Photography shop. At the same address there were three other renting families and four lodgers: 428 3rd Ave North, Saint Petersburg, Florida.
In 1924, his wife died in Florida at the age of 65.

In 1925, when he was 66, he married a single woman who was 47, with the name of Carolyn, who was a pianist and music teacher.
Judson had a radio program called: “The Gospel in Song and Story.” In 1930, Judson, and his wife, Carolyn, and her sister were living on River Side Drive, in Temple Terrace, Florida. They had $5000 in personal real estate and owned the house. They had a radio. He was 75 and retired. His wife, Carolyn was 52. His wife’s sister, Lottie Lanz, was 75 and widowed.
In 1935, “J.W.” was 79 and living in Temple Terrace and Carolyn was “50.” They reported they both had gone to college and he was a hymn writer and she was a musician. They owned the house on Glen Arvin Avenue. In the 1930’s he had a home in Tampa, Florida, and was a regular visitor to the Florida Bible Institute. Along with many others, Billy Graham credits him with having influenced him in his preaching, and mentions the great time the students had in the evangelist’s home for fellowship and singing.
Judson Wheeler Van DeVenter died, on July 17, 1939, in Temple Terrace, Florida. He was 83 years old. His remains were placed in the Maple Grove Cemetery of Dundee, Michigan.

Even though he wrote quite a number of hymns, only a couple remain in use today:
“I Surrender All,”


Texts by Judson W. Van DeVenter (89)sort iconAsInstances
A little while to tarry hereJ. W. V. (Author)2
A little while with JesusJudson W. Van de Venter (Author)3
All my sins I bring to JesusJ. W. Van de Venter (Author)2
All to Jesus I surrenderJudson W. VanDeVenter (Author)265
Alles will ich Jesus weihenJudson W. Van de Venter (Author)2
Allt at Jesus vill jag l'mnaJudson W. Van de Venter (Author)2
Almost persuaded, weary of sinningJudson W. Van de Venter (Author)2
Alone in the world are you roaming tonightJudson W. Van de Venter (Author)2
Always in the front lineJ. W. Van De Venter (Author)2
Arouse, ye men of warJudson W. Van de Venter (Author)2
By the quiet waters flowingJudson W. Van DeVenter (Author)3
Can I forget the story oldVan (Author)3
Ĉion al Jesu' mi cedosJudson W. Van Deventer (Author)2
Don’t answer unkindly when tempted and triedJ. W. Van De Venter (Author)2
Down at the cross the Savior found meJudson W. Van de Venter (Author)6
Fall in, ye soldiers of the LordJudson W. Van de Venter (Author)3
Farewell, we now must severJudson W. Van de Venter (Author)3
Give me a love that knows no illJ. W. Van Deventer (Author)3
Hide me, Savior, from the stormJudson W. Van de Venter (Author)2
Ho, my brother, hear the callJudson W. Van de Venter (Author)2
Home, Home, for the wearyJudson W. Van de Venter (Author)2
How often in moments of sorrowJudson W. Van de Venter (Author)2
I am free from condemnation, Fully saved and satisfiedJudson W. Van De Venter (Author)8
I am going up, dear papaJudson W. Van de Venter (Author)5
I am weak and heavy ladenJudson W. Van de Venter (Author)2
I have found a Friend divine, and his saving graceJ. W. Van de Venter (Author)9
I journey o'er mountain and desertJ. W. V. (Author)2
I never can forget the day I heard my mother kindly sayJ. W. Van de Venter (Author)63
I never will leave my SaviorJ. W. V. (Author)2
I see the days glide down the westJ. W. Van de Venter (Author)4
I stand on the banksJ. W. Van de Venter (Author)2
I wandered in the shades of nightJudson W. Van DeVenter (Author)138
I want to know more about Jesus (Van De Venter)Judson W. Van de Venter (Author)2
I was a slave in the bondage of sinJudson W. Van de Venter (Author)2
If you only knew my Savior (Van De Venter)Judson W. Van de Venter (Author)2
In the Master's vineyard Labor day by dayJ. W. Van de Venter (Author)4
Jesus, my Savior, Keep me ever near thy sideJ. W. Van de Venter (Author)9
Jesus, see me at thy feetJ. W. Van De Venter (Adapter)1
Jesus, see me at thy feet, thou alone my needJudson W. Van de Venter (Author)2
Jesus, the Master, came downJudson W. Van De Venter (Author)2
Long is the night but morning is nighJudson W. Van de Venter (Author)3
Lord of the living harvest J. W. V. (Author (chorus))1
My Savior is with meVan (Author)2
O sinner, take heed when scattering seedJudson W. Van de Venter (Author)7
O the cross of Jesus lifts meJudson W. Van de Venter (Author)2
O'er the ocean of time is a beautiful landJudson W. Van de Venter (Author)2
On Calvary despised aloneJudson W. Van de Venter (Author)2
Once my heart was filled with sadnessJ. W. Van de Venter (Author)2
Onward up the highwayJ. W. Van de Vemter (Author)6
Our Savior, 'tis of theeJ. W. Van de Venter (Author)3
Out in the streets and bywaysJ. W. Van de Venter (Author)3
Out on the barren mountainJ. W. Van de Venter (Author)2
Over the river faces I seeJ. W. V. (Author)91
Perdido eu andei, na escuridãoJudson W. Van DeVenter (Author)2
Press on, renew the battleJ. D. Van DeVenter (Author)2
Salvador a ti me rindoJudson W. Van de Venter (Author)3
Send the news, O tell the storyJudson W. Van de Venter (Author)2
Some day my earthly sun will waneJudson W. Van de Venter (Author)2
Some day, when time shall be no moreJ. W. Van de Venter (Author)2
Sometime some day we'll flee awayJudson W. Van de Venter (Author)4
Sometime we'll stand before the judgment barJ. W. V. (Author)55
Sunshine, sunshine in my soul to-dayJ. W. Van de Venter (Author)2
Sweetly comes the holy greetingJ. W. V. (Author)1
The dear loving Savior has found meJ. W. Van DeVenter (Author)51
The debt I owed I could not prayJudson W. Van de Venter (Author)4
The little deeds of kindnessJ. W. V. (Author)2
The loving Saviour found me Upon the mountain coldJudson W. Van De Venter (Author)3
The Savior calls for volunteers (Van De Venter)Judson W. Van de Venter (Author)4
The Savior found me dyingJ. W. Van de Venter (Author)2
The storm sweeps over GalileeJudson W. Van de Venter (Author)2
There are foes that must be conqueredJ. W. V. (Author)19
There are friends I recall that are dearJ. W. V. (Author)4
There came from the skies in the days long agoJ. W. V. (Author)31
There is a city made of goldJudson W. Van de Venter (Author)2
There is work that must be done, And the Master sends the callJ. W. Van De Venter (Author)2
There waits a crown beyond the skiesJudson W. Van de Venter (Author)4
There's a form walking with me wherever I goJudson W. Van de Venter (Author)2
This life is beset with temptationJudson W. Van de Venter (Author)4
Though a sinner, sick and dyingJ. W. V. (Author)4
Up from the dark gloomy vale of the riverJudson W. Van de Venter (Author)2
Wake the strain the glad refrainJudson W. Van de Venter (Author)7
We lay our dear ones down to restJudson W. Van de Venter (Author)2
We may tarry awhile here as strangersJ. W. V. (Author)18
We're volunteers for JesusJ. W. V. (Author)4
We've enlisted in the army, of the LordJudson W. Van de Venter (Author)3
When sorrow and troubleJ. W. Van de Venter (Author)3
When the days are dark and dreary (Van De Venter)J. W. V. (Author)3
When we see the King of kings appearJudson W. Van de Venter (Author)5
Who will testify for JesusJudson W. Van de Venter (Author)2