ARTHUR KENT WHITE (March 15, 1889 – September 16, 1981) was a
bishop , and the general superintendent of the Pillar of Fire Church
Zarephath, New Jersey and the president of
Belleview College .
The church was started by his mother,
Alma Bridwell White , in Denver,
* 1 Biography
* 2 Publications
* 3 Quotes
* 4 References
He was born in
Denver, Colorado in 1889 to
Alma Bridwell and Kent
White (1860–1940), and he had a brother,
Ray Bridwell White .
Arthur attended and graduated from
Columbia University with an A.B.
in 1915. He later attended and graduated from
Princeton University ,
and he received an honorary
Doctor of Divinity from
Alma White College
in 1927. He married
Kathleen Merrell White in 1914, and had the
following children: Arlene White (1916–1990), who married Jerry
Lawrence, and was a bishop at
Zarephath, New Jersey ; Horace White (b.
1920), who lived in California; Constance White (b. 1924); and Pauline
White (b. 1927), who married
Robert Barney Dallenbach , in Denver,
White was president of
Alma White College from 1921 to 1971. He
became president of
Belleview College and then director of the Alma
Bible College in
London . He also headed the Pillar of Fire missions
Liberia . He wrote at least seven books. His wife died on April 1,
1973 and he remarried.
He died on September 16, 1981 at his home in
Zarephath, New Jersey .
* Pillar of Fire Praises (1910) with
Alma White and Lillian O.
* The Harp of Gold (1911) with
* A Toppling Idol - evolution (1933)
* The Boys Made Good and Other Sermons (1936) reprinted in 1952
* Cross it is centuries old. The most foolish thing that we can do
is to take liberty for granted. Just as the human body must constantly
contend with disease germs from the cradle to the grave, so liberty
must wage a constant, everlasting battle against the foes that would
If the author is plain-spoken, if she goes direct to the point, if
she does not hedge, anyone who reads these lectures, who takes the
time to study the authorities quoted, will most certainly be convinced
that she has ample reasons to call a spade a spade, for the reasons
have arisen, not through prejudice or bigotry, but from Rome’s own
official statements and established dogmas.
We cannot afford to sleep. Our safety lies in keeping informed and in
eternal vigilance. Every truth-loving citizen should take the time and
trouble to learn the facts and pledge himself to be an un-swerving,
uncompromising, untiring, 100-per cent Protestant, and a faithful
“Guardian of Liberty.”
"Guardian of Liberty" was a euphemism for a member of the Ku Klux
The Good Citizen 1923.
Bishop White uses what he calls the
“privilege” of slavery to help illustrate his argument that when
some liberties are granted, other liberties are often lost:
At one time in our national history the holding of slaves was
permissible under the laws. The abuse of this privilege began
seriously to menace the peace of the entire country. Though many
plausible arguments were presented by a minority on the subject of
personal liberty for our white citizenry, and Biblical ones, even, for
the continuance of the old regime, slavery was nevertheless abolished.
* ^ "Pillar of Fire
Bishop Marks 75th Birthday in Jersey". New York
Times . March 16, 1964. Retrieved 2007-08-21.
Bishop Arthur K. White,
general superintendent of the Pillar of Fire denomination, celebrated
his 75th birthday at the church headquarters here today. ...
* ^ A B "Belleview Christian College" (PDF). Retrieved 2007-08-26.
Bishop Arthur White, who succeeded his brother as president of
Belleview College, was also a graduate of Columbia and Princeton
Universities. ... Together with his wife, the late Rev. Kathleen M.
White, he was responsible for much of the progress of the Christian
schools of the Pillar of Fire , of which he was General
* ^ "Arthur Kent White". The National Cyclopaedia of American
Biography . 1942. Retrieved 2009-12-11. In 1921 he was made dean of
Alma White college and Alma preparatory school. ... In addition to his
educational work he has served since 1917 as national ...
* ^ Erbon W. Wise (1978). The Bridwell family in America. Wise
* ^ A B C D E "
Bishop Arthur White, 92, Dies. Headed Pillar of Fire
New York Times
New York Times . September 18, 1981. Retrieved 2007-07-21.
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. ... He was president of Alma
White College from 1921 to 1971 and received an honorary Doctor of
Divinity degree there.
* ^ "
Bishop Alma White, Preacher, Author. Founder Of Pillar Of Fire
Dies At 84. Established Several Schools And Colleges". Associated
Press in the
New York Times
New York Times . June 27, 1946. Retrieved 2007-07-21.
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
* ^ "Ray Bridwell White.
Pillar of Fire Church Leader, Son of Late
New York Times
New York Times . November 6, 1946. Retrieved
* ^ Catalogue.
Princeton University . 1922. Retrieved 2009-04-29.
Arthur Kent White, AB Columbia University, 1915. English. Ray Bridwell
White, AB Columbia University, 1917. English.
* ^ "Zarepath Colony Institution in New Jersey Confers High Honors
for First Time".
New York Times
New York Times . June 19, 1927. Retrieved 2009-07-06.
For the first time in its history Alma College, at Zarepath, near
Bound Brook, N.J., conferred the degree of
Doctor of Divinity during
its commencement exercises, which took place last week.
Alma Bridwell White SUPERINTENDENT OF PILLAR OF FIRE CHURCH
1946-1981 Succeeded by
Arlene White Lawrence
Ray Bridwell White PRESIDENT OF BELLEVIEW COLLEGE
- Succeeded by
N/A PRESIDENT OF ALMA WHITE COLLEGE
1921-1971 Succeeded by
General Superintendents of the
Pillar of Fire Church
Alma Bridwell White (1901-1946)
Arthur Kent White
Arthur Kent White (1946-1981)
Arlene White Lawrence (1981-1984)
Donald Justin Wolfram (1984-2000)
Robert Barney Dallenbach (2000-2008)
* Joseph Gross (2008-present)
* WorldCat Identities
* VIAF : 48352926
* LCCN :