Elijah Bendor-Samuel 1870-1956
Elijah Bendor-Samuel was born into an Orthodox Jewish family in Kovno, Lithuania. After coming to faith in Messiah he married and had two sons, Theodore and Harcourt. In England, he succeeded David Baron as the director of the Mildmay Mission to the Jews (now Messianic Testimony). Among his writings is the well-known book Israel and the Blessing of the Tribes. Bendor-Samuel’s sons followed him in ministry.
Theodore Bendor-Samuel was pastor of West Worthing Tabernacle, Perks Memorial Mission, now Winchester Evangelical Free Church, Putson Baptist Church, Hereford, Lansdowne Evangelical Free Church, West Norwood then in 1955 director of the Messianic Testimony in the UK. He was active in the organisation of the FIEC as a Council Member in 1935, Assistant Secretary in 1944 and Honorary Secretary. He was a founder member of the British Evangelical Council and a governor of the London Bible College. He lectured for many years at Redcliffe Bible College, and was on the council of the Hebrew Christian Alliance (now BMJA), the Campaigners, the Evangelical Alliance, the Central Asian Mission and the Spanish Gospel Mission. During the final twenty years of his life, he served as an elder of Carey Baptist Church, Reading.
Harcourt Samuel O.B.E was General Secretary of the International Hebrew Christian Alliance (now IMJA) and Pastor of Ramsgate Baptist Church ,1934-49 and of Birchington Baptist Church, 1951-78.
SAVED TO SERVE, Brief Histories of the grace of God in Hebrew Christian life and witness, THE INTERNATIONAL HEBREW CHRISTIAN ALLIANCE, “Shalom”, Brockenhurst Road, Ramsgate, pp. 25-31