Three People in Church History We Should Know
by Dr. Sandra Glahn
The apostle Paul mentions the Jewish Priscilla in his writings, along with her husband, Aquila. They instructed a preacher named Apollos, bringing him up to date on the events about Jesus (Acts 18:26). And together with Paul they shouldered the church-planting load while making tents to support themselves (v. 3).
When Paul, in Corinth (“Greece”), needed to send a letter to the church in Rome, he had no postal service, so he sent it via Phoebe. Paul wrote to its recipients, “I commend to you our sister Phoebe, a deacon of the church at Cenchreae [a port town near Corinth] . . . Help her in whatever she may require from you, for she has been a benefactor of many and of myself as well” (Rom. 16:1–2).
Monica of Hippo
The fourth-century church father Augustine hailed from the port city of Hippo (“Algeria”), in North Africa. His mother, Monica, had married a pagan Roman official known for womanizing, but she raised their children in the faith. When Augustine favored his father’s lifestyle, she never gave up on him. She accompanied Augustine to Milan, where he was converted and baptized. On their return, Monica became ill and died. But her famous son credited his conversion to God’s grace and his mother’s prayers.
Jewish. Greek. African. These early believers are part of our heritage of faith. What people or person in church history inspires you?
Dr. Sandra Glahn is a professor at Dallas Theological Seminary and is the author of more than 25 books, including The Coffee Cup Bible Study Series (AMG).