Samuel Goudie, like his older brother Henry, grew up on his parent's farm and received a basic elementary school education and took continuation classes at the high school level. He had a conversion experience at the age of 17, and joined the Mennonite Brethren in Christ church in 1885. He preached his first sermon at a summer tabernacle meeting along the Nith River that fall, and began itinerant ministry in 1886. He was ordained as a minister in the Mennonite Brethren in Christ Church in 1891.
Goudie gave 54 years of active service to the church. He spent 26 years in pastoral work at Port Elgin, Maryboro, Vineland, Kitchener (Bethany), Toronto (Bethel), and Toronto (Jones Ave.). For 28 years he served as a Presiding Elder (1905-1933), and served for 26 years a chairman of the Ontario Conference of the Mennonite Brethren in Christ. He also served ecumenically, serving on the Nonresistant Relief Organization for many years, and chairing it on several occasions.
Goudie also served the Mennonite Brethren in Christ denomination. From 1912-1943 he chaired its Executive Board. He convened a planning meeting and later the first conference of the "United Missionary Society" in 1921. For 17 years (1922-1939) he was president of the Society. He also served as an Associate Editor of the Gospel Banner. During his years of leadership Goudie also authored two works published by the denomination: A scriptural exegesis of the doctrine of non-resistance (1918; 8 pages) and a catechism, Book of religious instruction (1933; 110 p.). Goudie retired from the active work in 1940 and took up residence in Stouffville, Ontario where he died. He and his wife are buried at the Stouffville cemetery.
Huffman, Jasper A. History of the Mennonite Brethren in Christ Church. New Carlisle, O.: The Bethel Pub. Co, 1920: 237-238. Available in full electronic text at
"Rev. Henry Goudie." Waterloo Region Generations. Web. 13 July 2012. http://generations.regionofwaterloo.ca/getperson.php?personID=I12038&tree=generations. This source give a birth date of 15 August 1866.
|Author(s)||Everek R. Storms|
|Date Published||July 2012|
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Storms, Everek R. and Sam Steiner. "Goudie, Samuel (1866-1951)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. July 2012. Web. 10 Dec 2013. http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Goudie,_Samuel_(1866-1951)&oldid=56796.
Storms, Everek R. and Sam Steiner. (July 2012). Goudie, Samuel (1866-1951). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 10 December 2013, from http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Goudie,_Samuel_(1866-1951)&oldid=56796.
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