Orla Blair

Orla Blair


Orla O’Blair was born 9th July, 1917 to Lillian and Harry Blair of Chillicothe, Illinois. He attended Moody Bible Institute, graduated in 1937 and then entered the Evangelical Free Church Seminary, graduating in 1941. Orla married his sweetheart from Moody, Marguerite Carlson in 1941, founding the Evangelical Free Church in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.

In 1946, they departed for Rhodesia where they opened a work in the Zambezi Valley. Over the course of 30 years, Orla faithfully served as church planter, field chairman and director of the Bible Correspondence School.

Eventually, they returned to the U.S where Orla joined the Calvary Bible Church staff and for several years served as pastor to the senior adults.


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