John Wycliffe, the Morning Star of the Reformation

Below is the talk that Dr. Ella gave on John Wycliffe during the Conference on the English Bible.

The below link is to a magazine, New Focus, that publishes much of Dr. Ella’s work and includes an article about John Wycliffe.

John Wycliffe (c. 1320-c. 1384)Star of the Reformation
by George M. Ella


Dr. George Ella speaking on John Gill

Dr. Ella will be speaking on John Gill Sunday night July 19th, 2009 at Fellowship Baptist Church in Cleveland, Alabama. The time will be 6:00 PM. The church’s website includes a map.

I have enjoyed hearing Dr. Ella speak several times since he arrived in Gadsden last week. He has a very through knowledge of the historical persons he speaks about. He also has striven when writing his books to clear up any misunderstandings of the subject or even misrepresentations.

Dr. Ella last night actually stated that Hollywood is NOT his source of information on history. This was specifically in relation to the movie A Man For All Seasons, about Sir Thomas More.


History of the Indestructible Book – Today and Tomorrow – July 17 & 18

History of the Indestructible Book
2009 Gadsden Conference on the English Bible

Friday and Saturday, July 17 and 18, 2009.

There is no cost to attend this conference.
Registration is available at registration but it is not required.

Mary G. Hardin Center for Cultural Arts
501 Broad Street
Gadsden, Alabama 35901

Speakers are from Reformed Churches, Primitive Baptist Churches, Southern Baptist Churches and Presbyterian Churches.

Friday, July 17 Printable Brochure

12:00 PM Registration Opens
12:30 PM Welcome and Introduction / Historical Translation Challenges ~ Michael Rogers
1:30 PM Why the History of the Bible is Important ~ Matthew Carpenter
2:30 PM The English Bible before 1611 ~ Lyn Caudle
3:30 PM Break
4:00 PM The 1611 King James Bible ~ Anthony Copeland
5:00 PM Dinner Break (on your own)
7:00 PM John Wycliffe – Star of the Reformation ~ Dr. George Ella
8:00 PM Question and Answer Session
8:30 PM Dismiss

Saturday, July 18 Printable Brochure

8:00 AM Registration Opens
8:30 AM The English Bible after 1611 ~ Ricky Tillis
9:30 AM John Albert Bengel – Father of Modern Biblical Scholarship ~ Dr. George Ella
11:00 AM Museum Exhibit Grand Opening
12:00 PM Lunch Break (on your own)
1:00 PM Viewing of Exhibits / Ink and Blood
2:30 PM Special Session – Children and Youth with Dr. Ella ~ Dr. George Ella
3:00 PM Modern Translation Challenges: A Case Study ~ Bob Hamilton
4:00 PM Canonization of the Scriptures ~ Steve Cowan
5:30 PM Diner Break (on your own)
7:00 PM William Tyndale – Heir of God through Christ’s Deservings ~ Dr. George Ella
8:00 PM Question and Answer Session
8:30 PM Dismiss

This Conference is a joint effort by several church denominations, The City of Gadsden and Gadsden State Community College.


Mary G. Hardin Center for Cultural Arts
Gadsden Museum of Art
Gadsden State Community College
Gadsden Public Library
Ink and Blood – Dead Sea Scrolls to Gutenberg
Chattanooga Primitive Baptist Church
Dominion Baptist Church
Etowah Baptist Association
Fellowship Baptist Church (Cleveland, AL)
Fellowship Primitive Baptist Church (McDonough, GA)
Gadsden Primitive Baptist Church
Grace Fellowship Community Church
Harvest Fellowship Community Church
Heritage Primitive Baptist Church
Immanuel Baptist Church (no website link)


Dr. George Ella to be in Gadsden, Alabama

Dr. George Ella will be speaking in Gadsden for the 2009 Gadsden Conference on the English Bible on Friday and Saturday, July 17 and 18, 2009.

He will also be speaking in several area churches during the two weeks he will be in the Southeastern part of the USA.

Dr. Ella has written Biographical works on:

William Cowper,
William Huntington,
James Hervey,
John Gill,
Augustus Montague Toplady,
Andrew Fuller,
Henry Bullinger,
Isaac McCoy

Dr. Ella has also published shorter works on over ninety Christian leaders.

He has written several theological books also.

Emmanuel Baptist Church, Enid, OK, has had him write their church history and has hosted Dr. Ella several times.

Some samples of Dr. Ella’s work available online include:

Hugh Latimer

Martin Bucer – several other topics can be found from this link.

The Dumbing Down of Doctrine

Biographia Evangelica – is Dr. Ella’s own site with a multitude of online articles.

I have to admit that I had never heard of Dr. George Ella before the Gadsden Conference on the English Bible planning was being done. The story about how a small town like Gadsden ended up with Dr. Ella coming to speak is rather interesting.

Somehow Dr. Ella’s email address was in one of the pastor’s Outlook address book so when the first information about the Conference was emailed out to everyone in the address book Dr. Ella received one. Through a few emails back and forth it was found out that Dr. Ella had distant relatives who had lived in the Southeastern USA.

When Dr. Ella expressed a slight interest in visiting Alabama arraignments were made to gather enough money for flying him to Alabama for speaking at the conference and several local churches. What started out as involving a handful of people has since become a much larger undertaking involving several churches, church associations, the Gadsden Public Library, Gadsden State Community College, Gadsden Museum of Art, and the Gadsden Cultural Arts Center.

The other locations for Dr. Ella’s speaking schedule can be found through this link. They include the Gadsden Public Library, several Primitive Baptist Churches, a Southern Baptist Church and a Reformed Baptist Church in addition to the Gadsden Conference on the English Bible.