Casebeer, George William (1882–1966)

By Eugenio Di Dionisio

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Eugenio Di Dionisio

George William Casebeer was a North American pastor, educator, and evangelist. He served in the United States and as a missionary to Ecuador, Chile, and Argentina.

Early Years and Missionary Work in Ecuador and Chile (1882–1912)

George William Casebeer was born in the state of Iowa in 1882. His parents were both teachers who joined the Adventist Church in Idaho, the United States, in 1894.1 George and his wife May had two children: George William Jr. and Beatrice.2

George Casebeer worked in the Upper Columbia Conference in the Pacific Union.3 He was the first Adventist pastor in Ecuador, working there from mid-1905 until mid-1908.4 He continued Thomas H. Davis’s (c. 1866–1911) work through canvassing, publications, and evangelism conferences. He also initiated an English school in Ambato. In 1908, Casebeer and his wife traveled to Peru and Argentina for the South American Union meetings.5 In those meetings, it was decided that Casebeer would become the principal of the Pua Training School in Chile. He worked as principal there until 1912.6

Argentina and the United States (1913–1966)

In 1913, Casebeer moved to Argentina.7 He conducted a series of evangelism conferences in Buenos Aires in 1914, 1915, and 1918;8 in the cities of La Plata, Buenos Aires, and Paraná, Entre Ríos, in 1916;9 in Bahía Blanca, Buenos Aires, in 1917;10 and in Rosario, Santa Fe, in the second half of 1918, with an average attendance of 200 people.11 In 1920, he held lectures in a theater in Mercedes, Uruguay, and also in the city of Santa Fe in 1921.12 Later he taught religion in the River Plate Academy, Entre Ríos, Argentina, until around 1922.13

Finally, he worked in the United States for 25 years among Spanish speakers in California, New Mexico, and Texas. George William Casebeer passed away on June 24, 1966, in Corona, California. He was one of the pioneer missionaries in South America and in the southeast of the United States.

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———. “The Argentine Camp-Meeting.” ARH, June 2, 1921.

———. “Church Dedication in Bahía Blanca, Argentina.” ARH, December 10, 1925.

———. “Esfuerzo en Rosario” [Effort in Rosario]. La Revista Adventista [Adventist Review] 18, no. 21 (1918).

———. “Una visita al sur de la Rep. Argentina” [A visit to the south of the Argentinian Republic]. La Revista Adventista [Adventist Review] 18, no. 8 (April 11, 1918).

Bunch, T. G. “Casebeer.” Obituaries. ARH, March 30, 1933.

Casebeer, George W. “Bases de la verdadera educación” [Basis of true education]. La Revista Adventista [Adventist Review], April 1909.

———. “Buenos Aires.” La Revista Adventista [Adventist Review], January 1916.

———. “Costa Occidental—La escuela adventista de Púa” [West coast—the Adventist school in Pua]. La Revista Adventista [Adventist Review], November 1908.

———. “Ecuador.” ARH, January 11, 1906.

———. “Ecuador.” ARH, September 27, 1906.

———. “Educación—Las dos razones” [Education—the two reasons]. La Revista Adventista [Adventist Review], February 1909.

———. “Educación—Las escuelas primarias” [Education—the primary schools]. La Revista Adventista [Adventist Review], March 1909.

———. “Educación: Los estudios” [Education: The studies]. La Revista Adventista [Adventist Review], May 1909.

———. “La obra en Buenos Aires” [The work in Buenos Aires]. La Revista Adventista [Adventist Review], March 1915.

———. “Misión Ecuatoriana—Viaje de colportaje” [Ecuadorian Mission—canvassing trip]. La Revista Adventista [Adventist Review], March 1908.

———. “Misión Ecuatoriana—Viaje de colportaje” [Ecuadorian Mission—canvassing trip]. La Revista Adventista [Adventist Review], June 1908.

———. “Nueva escuela para niños” [New school for children]. La Revista Adventista [Adventist Review], June 1916.

———. “The Work in Ecuador.” ARH, February 20, 1908.

“Casebeer.” Obituaries. Pacific Union Recorder, October 17, 1966.

Copeland, L. C. “Upper Columbia.” Pacific Union Recorder, August 18, 1904.

Davis, Thomas H. “Ecuador.” ARH, April 2, 1908.

“George William Casebeer.” International Adventist Musicians Association. Accessed October 18, 2018. http://www.iamaonline.com/Bio/George_Casebeer.htm.

Greenleaf, Floyd. Tierra de esperanza: El crecimiento de la Iglesia Adventista Sudamericana [A Land of Hope: The Growth of the Seventh-day Adventist Church in South America]. Translated by Claudia Blath. Buenos Aires: South American Spanish Publishing House, 2011.

Howell, W. E. “School Notes in South America—No. 5.” ARH, July 29, 1920.

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———. “The South American Union Conference.” ARH, June 11, 1908.

Notes

  1. “Casebeer,” Obituaries, Pacific Union Recorder, October 17, 1966, 7; T. G. Bunch, “Casebeer,” Obituaries, ARH, March 30, 1933, 22; Héctor J. Peverini, En las huellas de la Providencia [In the footsteps of Providence] (Buenos Aires: South American Spanish Publishing House, 1988), 199–201.

  2. George Casebeer Jr. (1909–1993) was born in Chile and spent most of his childhood and adolescence in Argentina. He sang as a first tenor in the Voice of Prophecy’s King’s Heralds quartet from 1941 to 1944. He was a teacher in elementary and secondary schools and for special education. “George William Casebeer,” International Adventist Musicians Association, accessed October 18, 2018, http://www.iamaonline.com/Bio/George_Casebeer.htm.

  3. L. C. Copeland, “Upper Columbia,” Pacific Union Recorder, August 18, 1904, 2.

  4. Floyd Greenleaf, Tierra de esperanza: El crecimiento de la Iglesia Adventista Sudamericana [A Land of Hope: The Growth of the Seventh-day Adventist Church in South America], trans. Claudia Blath (Buenos Aires: South American Spanish Publishing House, 2011), 91, 104, 262; J. W. Westphal, “The South American Union Conference,” ARH, June 11, 1908, 13; George W. Casebeer, “The Work in Ecuador,” ARH, February 20, 1908, 16, 17; George W. Casebeer, “Ecuador,” ARH, January 11, 1906, 16, 17; George W. Casebeer, “Ecuador,” ARH, September 27, 1906, 19, 20; George W. Casebeer, “Misión Ecuatoriana—Viaje de colportaje” [Ecuadorian Mission—canvassing trip], La Revista Adventista [Adventist Review], March 1908, 22; George W. Casebeer, “Misión Ecuatoriana—Viaje de colportaje” [Ecuadorian Mission—canvassing trip], La Revista Adventista [Adventist Review], June 1908, 53, 54.

  5. Those meetings lasted from March 7 to March 21, 1908, in Entre Ríos. Thomas H. Davis, “Ecuador,” ARH, April 2, 1908, 18.

  6. The director of the publishing house in Chile, William Steele, directed the church in Ecuador. Westphal, “The South American Union Conference,” 13; George W. Casebeer, “Costa Occidental—La escuala adventista de Púa” [West coast—the Adventist school in Pua], La Revista Adventista [Adventist Review], November 1908, 111; George W. Casebeer, “Educación—Las dos razones” [Education—the two reasons], La Revista Adventista [Adventist Review], February 1909, 7; George W. Casebeer, “Educación—Las escuelas primarias” [Education—the primary schools], La Revista Adventista [Adventist Review], March 1909, 6, 7; George W. Casebeer, “Bases de la verdadera educación” [Basis of true education], La Revista Adventista [Adventist Review], April 1909, 6, 7; George W. Casebeer, “Educación: Los Estudios” [Education: The studies], La Revista Adventista [Adventist Review], May 1909, 5, 6.

  7. George W. Casebeer, “La obra en Buenos Aires” [The work in Buenos Aires], La Revista Adventista [Adventist Review], March 1915, 11. George W. Casebeer, “Buenos Aires,” La Revista Adventista [Adventist Review], January 1916, 13; George W. Casebeer, “Nueva escuela para niños” [New school for children], La Revista Adventista [Adventist Review], June 1916, 8.

  8. ARH, February 19, 1914, 24; Roscoe T. Baer, “Argentina Conference,” ARH, December 19, 1915, 8; Inez H. Stevens, “A Solo Did It,” ARH, August 15, 1918, 5.

  9. J. W. Westphal, “Sexta Reunión Bienal de la Conferencia Uníon Sudamericana, La Plata, Febrero 10–19 de 1916” [The South American Union Conference Sixth Biennial Meeting, La Plata, February 10–19, 1916], La Revista Adventista [Adventist Review], March/April 1916, 7; Oliver Montgomery, “La Decimoséptima Reunión Anual de la Asociación Argentina” [The Argentine Conference Seventeenth Annual Meeting], La Revista Adventista [Adventist Review], December 1916, 9.

  10. Roscoe T. Baer, “Una visita al sur de la Rep. Argentina” [A visit to the south of the Argentinian Republic], La Revista Adventista [Adventist Review] 18, no. 8 (April 11, 1918): 9; Roscoe T. Baer, “Church Dedication in Bahía Blanca, Argentina,” Review and Herald 102, no. 50 (December 10, 1925): 17.

  11. Carlos E. Krieghoff, “Un Congreso muy bendecido” [A very blessed congress], La Revista Adventista [Adventist Review] 18, no. 23 (November 21, 1918): 5; Roscoe T. Baer, “Esfuerzo en Rosario” [Effort in Rosario], La Revista Adventista [Adventist Review] 18, no. 21 (1918):10.

  12. Roscoe T. Baer, “The Argentine Camp-Meeting,” ARH, June 2, 1921, 19.

  13. W. E. Howell, “School Notes in South America—N° 5,” ARH, July 29, 1920, 24. Greenleaf, Tierra de esperanza, 262.

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Dionisio, Eugenio Di. "Casebeer, George William (1882–1966)." Encyclopedia of Seventh-day Adventists. April 28, 2021. Accessed January 19, 2022. https://encyclopedia.adventist.org/article?id=8GGN.

Dionisio, Eugenio Di. "Casebeer, George William (1882–1966)." Encyclopedia of Seventh-day Adventists. April 28, 2021. Date of access January 19, 2022, https://encyclopedia.adventist.org/article?id=8GGN.

Dionisio, Eugenio Di (2021, April 28). Casebeer, George William (1882–1966). Encyclopedia of Seventh-day Adventists. Retrieved January 19, 2022, https://encyclopedia.adventist.org/article?id=8GGN.