Ralph Washington Sockman

Televangelist, Broadcast Artist

1889 – 1970


Who was Ralph Washington Sockman?

Ralph Washington Sockman was the senior pastor of Christ Church in New York City, United States. He gained considerable prominence in the U.S. as the featured speaker on the weekly NBC radio program, National Radio Pulpit, which aired from 1928 to 1962, and as a writer of several best-selling books on the Christian life. Time Magazine reported in 1946 that Sockman's National Radio Pulpit program received 4,000 letters weekly, making him "the number one Protestant radio pastor of the U.S. ...rated by volume of fan mail". Fifteen years later in 1961, Time said that Sockman was "generally acknowledged as the best Protestant preacher in the U.S.".

In 1950, he was also appointed associate professor of practical theology at Union Theological Seminary in New York. Time Magazine said of him at the time:

"Sunday morning at 10 E.S.T., from October through May, 60-year-old Dr. Sockman preaches on NBC's National Radio Pulpit to one of the biggest religious radio audiences in the U.S. Then, at his Byzantine-style church on Manhattan's Park Avenue, he holds a regular Sunday morning service. So many people come to hear him that at 5 in the afternoon he repeats his morning service".


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Oct 1, 1889
Mount Vernon
  • United States of America
  • Union Theological Seminary in the City of New York
Aug 29, 1970
New York City

on July 23, 2013