Who invented Basketball? History of YMCA, YWCA, International Red Cross & more

American Minute with Bill Federer

The founder of the YMCA was George Williams was born in 1821 on an English farm in Dulverton, Someset.

Baptized into the Church of England, he described himself growing up to be “a careless, thoughtless, godless, swearing young fellow.”

As a result, his family sent him away to apprentice at a draper’s shop in Bridgwater.

In 1837, Williams converted to Congregationalism and became an active member of the Zion Congregational Church.

He moved to London in 1841, and worked his way up to be a draper shop department manager.

Attending Weigh House Congregational Church, he became active in evangelizing…

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