Lewis Sperry Chafer was born at Rock Creek, Ohio. Ordained to the Presbyterian ministry in 1900, he launched into evangelism, demonstrating talent as a Gospel singer and preacher. He toured as a renowned Bible lecturer from 1914 until 1924, when he became burdened for young men entering the ministry. He recognized the need for a preparation that emphasized expository preaching and teaching of the Bible. Classes began in the fall of 1924 at Dallas Theological Seminary, with Chafer as president. He wrote several books on theology, and the non-denominational seminary he helped found continues to teach young men the art of Bible preaching.