Ray Bridwell White

Ray Bridwell White (August 24, 1892 – November 5, 1946) was the son of Alma White, the leader of the Pillar of Fire Church in Zarephath, New Jersey.[1][2] He was nominated to be a Bishop shortly after his mother died in 1946, but was too ill to attend the ordination ceremony and died shortly thereafter.[3]

Ray Bridwell White
Ray Bridwell White circa 1940-1945.jpg
White circa 1940-1945
Born(1892-08-24)August 24, 1892
DiedNovember 5, 1946(1946-11-05) (aged 54)
Resting placeFairmount Cemetery
EducationColumbia University (A.B., 1917)
OccupationPillar of Fire Church
Spouse(s)Grace E. Miller
Parent(s)Alma Bridwell White
Kent White (1860-1940)
RelativesArthur Kent White, brother


White was born on August 24, 1892 in Denver, Colorado, to Alma Bridwell (1862-1946) and Kent White (1860-1940).[4] He had a brother, Arthur Kent White (1889-1981).[5]

The church was started by his mother, Alma Bridwell White, in Denver. He attended Columbia University and graduated in 1917.[6] Alma White died on June 26, 1946.

Ray died on November 5, 1946 in Zarephath, New Jersey and was buried in Fairmount Cemetery in Denver.[3][1]


  • The false Christ of communism and the social gospel: an answer to the Dean of Canterbury who says Russian communism is Christianity in practice. Zarephath, NJ: Pillar of Fire. 1946. ISBN 1-4191-3000-5.
  • The Truth in Satire Concerning Infallible Popes, The Good Citizen, 1929.
  • "Eternal security" insecure: Or the heresy of "once in grace always in grace".
  • The legend of Manitousa and other poems, Hank and other sketches.
  • Doctrines and discipline of the Pillar of Fire Church. (1918) revised 1923, 1926


  1. ^ a b "Ray Bridwell White. Pillar of Fire Church Leader, Son of Late Bishop, Dies". New York Times. November 6, 1946. Retrieved 2008-06-17. Ray Bridwell White, younger son of the late Bishop Alma White, founder of the Pillar of Fire Church, ...
  2. ^ "Sixteen Listed in "Who's Who" Back Hoover Partly Because He Is Protestant". New York Times. October 21, 1928. Retrieved 2009-12-16. Sixteen New Jersey residents who are listed in "Who's Who," gave Herbert Hoover's Prostestantism as one of their reasons for supporting him for the Presidency, according to a news story published yesterday in ... Ray Bridewell White of Zarephath - He is a dry and a Protestant. He is for national defense without militarism. He the best American traditions and has prow ...
  3. ^ a b Gertrude Metlen Wolfram (1954). The Widow of Zarephath. Pillar of Fire Church. A numerous company have gathered on the Other Shore, including the Founder who left us June 26, 1946, and her son, our beloved Ray White, who followed her in November of the same year, both being laid to rest in Fairmount Cemetery in Denver, Colorado. ... He was candidate for consecration as bishop at the Annual Conference in 1946, but was too ill for the ceremony. Preacher, writer, musician and singer, administrator, counselor, friend, and bishop-elect, he had gained a most important and enduring place in the church and in the hearts of all who knew him.
  4. ^ "Bishop Alma White, Preacher, Author". Associated Press in New York Times. June 26, 1937. Retrieved 2008-06-17. Bishop Alma White, founder of the Pillar of Fire Church and author of thirty-five religious tracts and some 200 hymns, died here today at the headquarters of the religious group at near-by Zarephath. Her age was 84.
  5. ^ "Bishop Arthur White, 92, Dies". New York Times. September 18, 1981. Retrieved 2008-06-17. Headed Pillar of Fire Church. Bishop Arthur K. White, president and general superintendent of the Pillar of Fire Church in Zarephath, New Jersey, died Monday at his home in Zarephath. He was 92 years old.
  6. ^ Catalogue. Princeton University. 1922. Retrieved 2009-04-29. Arthur Kent White, AB Columbia University, 1915. English. Ray Bridwell White, AB Columbia University, 1917. English.