April 4, 1915 - Billy Sunday Campaigns

From April 4 to May 23, 1915, evangelist Billy Sunday conducted a campaign in Paterson; as a result of the campaign, a ladies’ Bible class was begun, taught by Mrs. Alma Fischer. While standing on the sidewalk outside a home in Hawthorne in 1925 waiting for his wife to come from that ladies’ class, and with no thought of starting another church, one of the men suggested that they consider Sunday afternoon meetings that would not be held at “church time.” Although all were active in a variety of different churches, they felt the need for steady Bible teaching and hear evangelistic messages. Two of the men would see about renting the Lafayette Avenue Fire Hall for this purpose.