Albert Edward Day (1884-1973)
The founder of the Disciplined Order of Christ (DOC) was Albert E. Day, born on November 18, 1884 in Euphemia, Ohio.
He graduated Taylor University in Indiana in 1904 with an A.B. degree. Still only 19, he married Emma Reeder with whom he had five children. His first Methodist pastorate was in Belle Fontaine, Ohio. In 1916 he obtained an M.A. degree from the University of Cincinnati.
In 1919 he was appointed to the Methodist Episcopal Church of Canton, Ohio. During his six years the church grew by 1,500 members.This boosted Albert Day into the front ranks of contemporary Methodist preachers. Albert Day was selected to the General Conference and to many important Boards.
In 1925 he was appointed to the Christ Methodist Episcopal Church in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, a premier church. While there he was recognized as among the greatest preachers in the country. He became involved in political and social crusades. He intended above all else to make religion relevant.
In 1932 was appointed to Mount Vernon Place Methodist Episcopal Church in Baltimore, Maryland. In 1934 Albert Day delivered the Lyman Beecher lectures at Yale University, one of highest honors that could come to one in his profession. In 1937 became pastor of the first Methodist Church in Pasadena, California. In 1940 he gave a series of lectures at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas.
He contributed to the World War II effort, by serving as a mediator on the National War Labor Board. During the war years, he was elected vice president of the Federal Council of Churches. All during these years he received five honorary doctorate degrees.
In 1945 Albert Day relinquished his pastorale, to accept a place under the National Board of Evangelism of the Methodist Church. He came to Nashville, Tennessee to develop a new program of spirttual growth and personal evangelism, to make religion real. Albert Day called his new program, “New Life Movement” Delegates including ministers and laymen of Methodism met at Albion College in Albion, Michigan from July 31-August 9, 1945. Approximately 100 persons paticipated in this retreat.
After many days of presentations, discussions and prayer the Disciplined Order of Christ (DOC) was born. Albert Day was the leader, the inspiration and founder of this Movement. He wrote the book “Discipline and Discovery” which every new DOC member is encouraged to read. In the years following he wrote additional books and articles and helped in building the DOC organization structure and guiding the spiritual movement.