Armstrong, Houston


Dec. 5, 1837 - Nov. 14, 1918
Rev. Houston Armstrong was born near Henderson, Kentucky, December 5th, 1837. His parents were Benjamin Armstrong and Evelene Sugg. He was converted, and united with the Cumberland Presbyterian Church in his seventeenth year. He was licensed to preach in that church in October, 1857.
He said, "I was in college, preparatory to entering the ministry, when the Civil War began. I was in the Confederate Army. After the war I studied medicine, then law, trying to rid myself of the conviction that I should preach."
After he moved to Arkansas, he united with the Methodist Church in 1871, there being no Presbyterian church convenient to his home. He was admitted on trial by the Little Rock Conference, December, 1875 and concerning this, he made this interesting statement. "The Conference course of study made an orthodox Methodist of me."
He was received into full connection, December 9, 1877, and ordained deacon by Bishop Kavanaugh at the same time. He was ordained elder by Bishop Pierce in November, 1879.
Brother Armstrong came to our Conference in January, 1888, spending twenty years in effective work, and ten years on the Honor Roll. He was a man of intense spiritual fervor and preached, out of a full heart, the saving truth which inspired his own life, for, like Paul he could say, "By the grace of God I am what I am." His sermons were often ended with the shout of victory through our Christ and praise to God for pardoning grace and His love.
Brother Armstrong believed the Bible was the Word of God-that man was fallen, a sinner, and needed a Savior, Christ. He believed that we are justified by faith, born of the Spirit, that we have the witness of the Spirit, testifying with ours that we are children of God and joint heirs with Christ. He was a good man, an effective preacher, and there were many blessed by his ministry. He was a sufferer from bodily affliction for many years, and in 1908 was put on the Honor Roll.
On the 14th of November, 1918, he quietly passed from this life to that beyond. As Bishop Parker said of Rev. Thomas Jones, we may say of him, "A man of singular purity of character, he has gone not empty-handed into the presence of his God."
Source: Journal Louisiana Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South, 1918, page 55, by. J. D. Harper

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