He came barrelling out of the mountains of North Carolina way back in the early ‘30's. For the next 50+ years preaching, pastoring and writing were his primary occupations. He preached with such spiritual power and passion that thousands were converted.
By the time I heard him, he was well up in his years. That was in the early 1980's, just a year or two before he died, but even though he had to almost be propped up in the pulpit when I saw him preach at Moody Bible Institute, Vance Havner still preached with such genuine conviction that God used him powerfully.
That’s just the kind of man he was: Quick, witty, passionate and powerful. It was Vance Havner who said:
Too much of our orthodoxy is correct and sound, but like words without a tune, it does not glow and burn; it does not stir the heart; it has lost its hallelujah. One man with a genuine glowing experience with God is worth a library full of arguments.