PCA HISTORICAL CENTER
Archives and Manuscript Repository for the Continuing Presbyterian Church


John M. L. Young
Manuscript Collection #042
Boxes #340 and 341

Content Summary: Representative materials from the life-work of a career missionary to Japan.
Biographical sketch: provided at the end of this page.
Span dates: 1946 - 1974
Size: 1 cu. ft. (two cartons)
Access: This collection is open to researchers.
Preferred citation: John M.L. Young Manuscript Collection, PCA Historical Center, St. Louis, Missouri.
Related Collections: World Presbyterian Missions; W.A. McIlwaine Manuscript Collection.

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John M.L. Young [1912 - 1994]
   

Box/File/Contents
340ƒ19 — Bible Presbyterian Church Conflict, 1955, Correspondence
340ƒ18 — Bible Presbyterian Church Conflict, 1956, Correspondence
340ƒ17 — Bible Presbyterian Church Conflict, 1957, Correspondence, January - June
340ƒ16 — Bible Presbyterian Church Conflict, 1957, Correspondence, July - December
340ƒ15 — Bible Presbyterian Church Conflict, 1958, Correspondence
340ƒ14 — Bible Presbyterian Church Conflict, 1959 - 1960, Correspondence
340ƒ09 — Bible Presbyterian Church Conflict, Documents
341ƒ09 — Bible Presbyterian Church, Gainesville, TX, 1958, 12th Anniversary materials
340ƒ89 — Bible Presbyterian Observer, 1956, Special edition, March, 1956
340ƒ90 — Bible Press, The, 1955, September 9
340ƒ02 — Blackmore, Glenwood, "Shall the NCC Control Religious Broadcasting"
341ƒ15 — Bratt, John H., "Modern Ecumenical Movements, Analysis and Appraisal," 1958, [publication]
341ƒ06 — Brochures, Miscellaneous, Folder 1
341ƒ07 — Brochures, Miscellaneous, Folder 2
340ƒ07 — Buswell, J. Oliver, Jr., Comments on Free Press articles of October 19, 1961
340ƒ08 — Christ Church, Grand Rapids, MI, 1966, By-Laws
340ƒ91 — Christian Beacon, 1937, 1956 and 1957 [4 issues]
340ƒ08 —
Christian Education
341ƒ16 — Christian, George S., "Dispensationalism, Arminianism, Lutheranism and the Reformed Standards of the Bible Presbyterian Church"
340ƒ03 — Christian, George S., "Let's Not Talk About a Split in the Bible Presbyterian Church"
340ƒ20 — Colloquial Japanese Bible, Correspondence, Folder 1, includes news articles
340ƒ21 — Colloquial Japanese Bible, Correspondence, Folder 2, includes articles and publications
340ƒ22 — Colloquial Japanese Bible, Correspondence, Folder 3, includes articles and publications
340ƒ17 — Conflict of the Ages:  A Symposium, The, 1954, [publication]
340ƒ13 — Correspondence, 1958 - 1960
340ƒ12 — Correspondence, 1961 - 1962
340ƒ37 — Correspondence, 1973 - 1974, Miscellaneous
341ƒ13 —
Covenant College, 1963, Purchase of Lookout Mountain Campus, news articles
341ƒ18—  
Cross, Thomas G., Historical Background and Development of the Reformed Presbyterian Church, General Synod, 1968
341ƒ11 — Far Eastern Council of Christian Churches, 1951, First General Assembly, Minutes
341ƒ12 — Far Eastern Council of Christian Churches, 1953, Second General Assembly, Minutes
341ƒ40 —
Far Eastern Council of Christian Churches, 1956, Third General Assembly, Report
340ƒ93 — Financial Reports, 1958, 1961 - 1967 [sampling]
340ƒ92 — Free Press, 1956, 1961, [November 9, 1956 and October 19, 1961]
341ƒ19 — Garman, W.O.H., What is Wrong with the Federal Council?, 1950 edition
341ƒ28 — Hallmarks of the Reformed Presbyterian Church, Evangelical Synod; Proposed Plan of Union for the OPC/RPCES; and Proposed Basis of Union between the OPC and RPCES
341ƒ20 — Horner, Kenneth A., Jr., Biblical Government, 1963, 1970
341ƒ21 — Horner, Kenneth A., Jr., Christian Doctrine
340ƒ30 — Independent Board for Presbyterian Foreign Missions, 1948 - 1950, Correspondence
340ƒ29 — Independent Board for Presbyterian Foreign Missions, 1951 - 1952, Correspondence
340ƒ28 — Independent Board for Presbyterian Foreign Missions, 1953, Correspondence
340ƒ27 — Independent Board for Presbyterian Foreign Missions, 1955, Correspondence
340ƒ26 —
Independent Board for Presbyterian Foreign Missions, 1956, Correspondence
340ƒ25 — Independent Board for Presbyterian Foreign Missions, 1957, Correspondence
340ƒ33 —
Independent Board for Presbyterian Foreign Missions, 1957, Correspondence with Clark, Philip
340ƒ24 — Independent Board for Presbyterian Foreign Missions, 1958, Correspondence
340ƒ32 —
Independent Board for Presbyterian Foreign Missions, 1958, Correspondence with Clark, Philip
340ƒ23 — Independent Board for Presbyterian Foreign Missions, 1959 - 1960, Correspondence
340ƒ31 — Independent Board for Presbyterian Foreign Missions, 1959 - 1960, Correspondence with Clark, Philip
340ƒ94 — Independent Board for Presbyterian Foreign Missions, Minority Protest on the Failure to Re-elect Dr. Shepperson and Dr. Robert G. Rayburn
340ƒ47 — Independent Fundamental Churches of America, 1952 - 1953, Action against the American Council of Christian Churches
341ƒ22 — Introducing and Comparing the PCA, OPC, RPCES and RPCNA
341ƒ04 — Japan Bible Christian Council, Constitution [booklet]
340ƒ10 — Japan Christian Presbyterian Church, Form of Government
340ƒ54 — Japan Christian Theological Seminary, 1949 - 1950, Correspondence, primarily with the Independent Board for Presbyterian Foreign Missions
340ƒ53 — Japan Christian Theological Seminary, 1951 - 1952, Correspondence, primarily with the Independent Board for Presbyterian Foreign Missions
340ƒ48 — Japan Christian Theological Seminary, 1955 - 1956, Catalog
340ƒ52 — Japan Christian Theological Seminary, 1957 - 1958, 1960 - 1963, Correspondence
340ƒ58 — Japan Christian Theological Seminary, 1958 - 1960, Faculty Minutes
340ƒ57 — Japan Christian Theological Seminary, 1961 - 1963, Faculty Minutes
340ƒ56 — Japan Christian Theological Seminary, 1964 - 1965, Faculty Minutes
340ƒ51 — Japan Christian Theological Seminary, 1965, 1967 - 1969, 1975, Correspondence
341ƒ05 — Japan Christian Theological Seminary, 1967 - 1968, Catalog
340ƒ49 — Japan Christian Theological Seminary, Constitution
340ƒ50 — Japan Christian Theological Seminary, Controversy with Independent Board for Presbyterian Foreign Missions
340ƒ55 — Japan Christian Theological Seminary, History
340ƒ76 — Japan Presbyterian Mission, 1949 - 1951, Minutes
340ƒ72 — Japan Presbyterian Mission, 1950, 1957, Independent Board
340ƒ75 — Japan Presbyterian Mission, 1952 - 1954, Minutes
340ƒ74 — Japan Presbyterian Mission, 1955 - 1957, Minutes
340ƒ66 —
Japan Presbyterian Mission, 1957 - 1958, Correspondence
340ƒ71 — Japan Presbyterian Mission, 1958, Independent Board
340ƒ65 — Japan Presbyterian Mission, 1959 - 1960, Correspondence
340ƒ70 — Japan Presbyterian Mission, 1959, 1961, Independent Board, undated material
340ƒ79 — Japan Presbyterian Mission, 1960 - 1963, Minutes and Reports
340ƒ64 — Japan Presbyterian Mission, 1961, Correspondence
340ƒ69 — Japan Presbyterian Mission, 1961, History of the Relationship between the Japan Mission and the Japan Christian Theological Seminary
340ƒ61 — Japan Presbyterian Mission, 1962, Correspondence
340ƒ63 — Japan Presbyterian Mission, 1962, Correspondence
340ƒ60 — Japan Presbyterian Mission, 1963, Correspondence
340ƒ78 — Japan Presbyterian Mission, 1964 - 1966, Minutes and Reports
340ƒ67 — Japan Presbyterian Mission, 1969 - 1975, Financial Reports
340ƒ73 — Japan Presbyterian Mission, 1981 - 1984, 1986, Minutes
340ƒ77 — Japan Presbyterian Mission, 1983, 1985 - 1987, Minutes and Correspondence
340ƒ59 — Japan Presbyterian Mission, Constitution
340ƒ62 — Japan Presbyterian Mission, Correspondence
340ƒ68 — Japan Presbyterian Mission, History
340ƒ80 — Japan Presbyterian Mission, Miscellaneous
340ƒ82 — Japan Presbyterian Mission, Statement on Relationships
340ƒ81 — Japan Presbyterian Mission, Statement on the Property Problem caused by Factions in the Independent Board for Presbyterian Foreign Missions
341ƒ23 — MacRae, Allan A., The Millennial Kingdom of Christ
340ƒ04 — Mawhinney, Allen, "Baptism, Servanthood, and Sonship"
340ƒ36 — McIntire, Carl, 1955 - 1956, Correspondence
340ƒ35 — McIntire, Carl, 1957, Correspondence, January - May, 1957
340ƒ34 — McIntire, Carl, 1957, Correspondence, June - December, 1957
340ƒ06 — Merritt, Richard N., "Proposed Presbyterian Confession of 1967, The"
340ƒ24 — Mickelsen, Alvera, How to Write Missionary Letters
340ƒ06 — Miller, Ira, "Crime of the Auburn Affirmation, The"
340ƒ83 — Miscellaneous, undated
340ƒ95 — Mission to the World, 1981 - 1985, Minutes and Reports
340ƒ43 — Mission to the World, 1981 - 1987, Correspondence, Financial Statements [sampling]
340ƒ42 — Mission to the World, 1981, Correspondence
340ƒ41 — Mission to the World, 1982, Correspondence
340ƒ40 — Mission to the World, 1983 - 1984, Correspondence
340ƒ39 — Mission to the World, 1985, Correspondence
340ƒ38 — Mission to the World, 1986 - 1987, Correspondence
341ƒ25 — National Presbyterian Missions, 1954, 1955, Prayer Calendar
340ƒ84 — News Articles
341ƒ10 — Noe, Edward T., 1957, Correspondence
341ƒ26 — Payne, J. Barton, What is a Reformed Presbyterian?, 1974
340ƒ86 — Photographs
341ƒ14 — Photographs
340ƒ88 — Pierce Crusade, 1959 - 1961, Correspondence
340ƒ87 — Pierce Crusade, Articles
340ƒ85 — Rayburn, Robert G., Bunzel, Claude and Lyons, Walter, "Ideological Division within Our Church, The" [paper]
340ƒ44 — Reformed Presbyterian Church, Evangelical Synod - Presbyterian Church in America Transition, undated, Correspondence
340ƒ45 — Reformed Presbyterian Church, Evangelical Synod - Presbyterian Church in America Transition, 1982 - 1983, Correspondence
341ƒ27 — Reid, Allan S., A Divisive Course, 1947
341ƒ02 — Sanderson, John W., "The Menace of Barthianism, The" 1953
341ƒ29 — Shepherd, Jonas E.C., What is a Dedicated Presbyterian?, 1967
340ƒ04 — Smith, Ralph, "The Five Points of Christian Reconstructionist Theology"
341ƒ31 — Soltau, T. Stanley, Lo, I am with You, Always, 1949
341ƒ30 — Soltau, T. Stanley, The Everlasting Gospel, 1946
340ƒ46 — World Presbyterian Missions, 1953, 1962, 1963, 1966, Correspondence
340ƒ11 — World Presbyterian Missions, By-Laws for Foreign Missions Board, Financial Policies and Missionary Manual
341ƒ32 — Wright, J. Elwin, How Modern is the Federal Council?, 1947
341ƒ33 — Young, John M.L., By Foot to China, 1984
341ƒ03 — Young, John M.L., Common Grace Debate in Calvinistic Circles, The, 1957
341ƒ34 — Young, John M.L., Karl Barth's Doctrine of the Trinity, 1962
341ƒ35 — Young, John M.L., Motive and Aim of Missions, The, 1964, Chapters 1, 2 & 4
341ƒ36 — Young, John M.L., Motive and Aim of Missions, The, 1964, Chapters 5, 6 & 7
341ƒ37 — Young, John M.L., Motive and Aim of Missions, The, 1964, Chapters 8, 9 & 10
341ƒ38 — Young, John M.L., Motive and Aim of Missions, The, 1972, Japanese version
340ƒ05 — Young, John M.L., Reformed Debate on Common Grace, The
341ƒ39 — Young, John M.L., The Two Empires, 1961
340ƒ05 —
Young, John M.L., Tokyo Christian Theological Seminary, The

Additional Resources-
World Presbyterian Missions Collection:
420ƒ28 — Young, John M.L., The Motive and Aim of Missions, Part 1
420ƒ29 — Young, John M.L., The Motive and Aim of Missions, Part 2
420ƒ30 — Young, John M.L., The Motive and Aim of Missions, Part 3
421ƒ22 — Young, John M.L., Applications, 1961
421ƒ23 — Young, John M.L., "Karl Barth's Doctrine of the Trinity"

W.A. McIlwaine Papers:
479ƒ66 — Young, John M.L., Correspondence, 1960
485ƒ22 — Young, John M.L., Theology of the Nestorian Missionaries in China, 600 - 1000 A.D.

Biographical Sketch:
John Mair Lisgar Young was born on November 7, 1912 in Hamheung, Korea to Luther L. and Catherine F. (Mair) Young, Canadian Presbyterian missionaries. John began his education there in Korea and later moved to Kobe, Japan, where he graduated from the Canadian Academy. He received the degrees of B.A. (1934) and M.A. (1935 from Acadia University in Wolfville, Nova Scotia, doing thesis work in the field of the German Reformation. He then attended Westminster Theological Seminary in Philadelphia from 1935 to 1937, before transferring to Faith Theological Seminary, where he graduated in 1938. He was both licensed and ordained to the ministry later that same year.

On May 28, 1938 he married Jean Elder in Toronto, Ontario, and together they served as missionaries in Harbin, Manchuria from 1938 to 1941. From 1942 to 1948 he served as the organizing pastor of the Bible Presbyterian church in Wilkes-Barre, PA. The Youngs next moved to Nanking, China to continue their missions work, but were forced to leave China when the communists took over in 1949. A subsequent move to Japan initiated one of his most important periods of ministry. There he served from 1949 until 1966. During this time he helped to plant three churches and was cofounder of the Japan Christian Theological Seminary. At that institution he taught systematic theology and also served as the president of the school from its founding in 1954 until 1966. In that year his wife died of cancer and he returned to the United States with his seven children, arriving to settle in Grand Rapids, MI and work on the Th.M. degree at Calvin Seminary, with thesis work focusing on the topic of Christology. Upon completion of that work, he moved in 1967 to Lookout Mountain, TN to take a position at Covenant College as Missions professor.

On February 8, 1968 he married Jane Brooks, a faculty member in the English department. They remained at Covenant until his retirement in 1981, at which time they returned with their daughter to Japan. Work there continued under the auspices of World Presbyterian Missions, the foreign missions arm of the Reformed Presbyterian Church, Evangelical Synod. Dr. Young served as president of WPM for three years. Two of his sons currently serve as foreign missionaries in Japan.

During his time in Japan, Dr. Young served for fourteen years as the editior of The Bible Times. His first book, The Two Empires in Japan, was first published in 1958. Subsequent editions were brought out in 1959, 1961 and 1987, and the work has been described as "a valuable contribution to an understanding of the situation with which the Japanese Church is confronted today." As a record of church-state conflict, it remains a very pertinent work today. In 1961 he was awarded the Doctor of Divinity degree by Covenant College and Seminary, St. Louis, MO. Other publications authored by Dr. Young include a series of ten booklets on The Motive and Aim of Missions and a booklet on Karl Barth's Doctrine of the Trinity, along with numerous articles on missions and covenant theology as the theological basis of missions. Research for his last work, By Foot to China, was begun during the time of his studies in Christology in 1966-1967 as he focused on the history and theology of the Nestorians.