Campus Location

Abilene Campus (Residential)

Date of Award


Document Type



Graduate School of Theology

Degree Name

Master of Arts

Committee Chair or Primary Advisor

Chris Flanders

Second Committee Member or Secondary Advisor

Douglas R. Foster

Third Committee Member or Committee Reader

Kelly R. Elliott


Don Carlos Janes (1877-1944) was arguably the most significant missions-related figure in Churches of Christ during the first four decades of the twentieth century. Early in his life, Janes traveled the United States as an evangelist, but after a life-changing encounter with missionary to Japan William J. Bishop and a subsequent trip around the world, Janes developed a passion for foreign mission. While he never served as a full time missionary, Janes devoted his life to missionary activism in Churches of Christ until his death in 1944. The size and scope of this work offended some, as they believed Janes functioned akin to a mission society, thus violating the congregationalist polity of Churches of Christ. So extensive was his work and significant his impact that some assigned him the title the "one-man missionary society."

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