Weekly Wordsmith: Norman Vincent Peale

Born in Bowersville, Ohio in 1889, Norman Vincent Peale made a name for himself as one of the most influential preachers by combining the power of positive thinking with religious values. Raised as a Methodist and ordained as a Methodist minister in 1922, Peale changed his religious affiliation to the Reformed Church in America in 1932 and began a 52-year tenure as pastor of Marble Collegiate Church in Manhattan. During that time the church's membership grew from 600 to over 5000, and he became one of New York City's most famous preachers.