The Story of the Wuchow Bible School pdf
Biography of Dr. William Newbern
Newbern (1900-1972) was born in Glassborough, New Jersey. His father died when he was five
years old and William took a paper route at an early age to help his mother with household
expenses. He also helped her buy the family home. As a boy, Dr. Newbern and his mother
attended a Methodist church.
At a Methodist
camp meeting while still just a lad, Dr. Newbern gave his life in total dedication to God
and soon after God called him to be a missionary to China. To train for his heavenly
vocation, at the age of seventeen Dr. Newbern enrolled at Nyack College. It was there that
he met his future wife, Eva Aber.
Nyack, Dr. Newbern sailed to Hong Kong to study the Chinese language. Eva soon followed
and they were married on June 18, 1923. The young couple returned to the United States by
working their way home on a steamship. They settled in Portland, Maine, where Dr. Newbern
pastored a small church for two years. During this time their first child, William, was
When the Newberns
returned to China, Dr. Newbern was assigned to the Wuchow Bible School in Kwangsi
Province. Their second child, Dorothy, was born there.
During a later
assignment to Nanning, China, the Newberns met Dr. and Mrs. Timothy Lin who subsequently
were principal and matron, respectively, of the Wuchow Bible School. Dr. Newbern was
associated with the Wuchow Bible School for the remainder of his missionary career.
After the Second
World War, because of the Communist takeover of mainland China, Dr. Newbern was
instrumental in moving the Wuchow Bible School to Hong Kong. The schools name was
changed to Alliance Bible Seminary and its graduates have ministered with life and soul
all over southeast Asia-Vietnam, Thailand, the Philippines and elsewhere. On December 7,
1999, the Alliance Bible Seminary celebrated its 100th birthday and continues
strong in the faith.