Chapter 15



Jock decided in 1922 that his Bible knowledge was limited so he enrolled at the famous Bible Training Institute in Bothwell Street, Glasgow. At that time the principal was Dr. David McIntyre and God used this intellectual servant of His to mould the young evangelist.


Jock would constantly be having prayer meet­ings in his room at all hours of the day and night, and although this created some problems for Dr. McIntyre in his responsibility for the other students, the godly principal used all his wisdom and knowledge in making Jock realise that rules had to be kept. Some students testified that these times of prayer were a tremendous blessing to their souls, and set them an example of how to pray through and claim the blessing from heaven.


It was during these days that Jock met another young man who was fired with the power of Christ. When that young man arrived at the Bible Training Institute, he hardly knew how to use a fork and knife. Peter Connolly was born and brought up a Roman Catholic in a poor home in the North of England. From the moment he was saved his life began to speak volumes for the power of salvation. Soon a bond of love, unity and desire to work for Christ grew between these two and they were con­stantly called upon to conduct campaigns together during college days. Both of them found the discipline. hard at the Institute, yet later on they often paid tribute to the help and encouragement they received. On one occasion Jock and Peter complained about a certain lecturer who had not mentioned Jesus Christ in his lecture. The prin­cipal asked for their notes and they told him that they had disposed of them. He took time and patience to explain to his two over zealous students that the lecture had been on the Children of Israel in the Wilderness. Travelling together in gospel campaigns around Britain, they won many for Christ. They would spend days and nights in prayer, even fasting when the heavens seemed as brass, with no one professing conversion. Tears would be shed as these men bound the enemy of souls, laying hold on the Word of God that declares, "Whatsoever ye bind on earth, it shall be bound in heaven." The two warriors knew that the secret of blessing was based in powerful praying.


In many fishing towns along the Scottish coast there are still those who remember missions being conducted by Peter and Jock. Over the next years they travelled exten­sively. In 1932 Jock was invited to become Assistant Superintendent to Mr. P. T. McRostie at the Tent Hall in Glasgow. The Tent Hall was situated in the Saltmarket part of Glasgow. It was built after Moody and Sankey held their cam­paigns in the city. Since then it had been a centre of evangelism. This new ministry in a more settled sphere provided Jock with a fresh challenge which he met with the help of the Lord. Jock by this time had found a help-mate who hailed from Wick.


Mr. McRostie died in 1933 and Jock was asked to take full responsibility for the work at the famous Tent Hall. At that time it was one of the largest independent missions in the land. He accepted the challenge and was Superintendent until 1945. During those years Jock fought against every evil that abounded in the city of Glasgow. The war years were used as an opportunity to bring the gospel to the armed forces and supply weary travellers with meals. No doubt Jock's mind would go back to Dublin during the 1914-18 war, when Mr. & Mrs. West provided similar facilities which were instrumental in bringing him to Christ.


His open-air services at the Glasgow Cross were blessed times when his tremendous voice could be heard singing and preaching ever Saturday afternoon. He made sure that his meetings were always bright, whether it was out in campaigns or in the more organised atmosphere of the Tent Hall. One of his saying was, "There is no warrant in Scripture to tell us that a gospel service should be conducted like a funeral."  In Tent Hall days Jock invited many powerful ministers and evangelists to Glasgow for special meetings. Men like the well-known Bible expositor Donald Barnhouse. The evangelist W. P. Nicholson came and his ministry was blessed by the salvation of souls.


Jock Troup in later life.

  (Picture: Mrs. K. Troup.)

Jock never lost the urge to travel in order to preach the gospel. He had realised earlier on that he was called to be an evangelist and never lost that sense of call. However, the years had taken their toll on his health and after some ill­ness he resigned from the leadership of the Tent Hall in 1945. Many folks speak yet of those days, and there are many who are proud to have been associated with him in the work of the Gospel. He never lost his love for the Salvation Army. During his frequent visits to Wick he always vis­ited the Corps there. He took great delight in appealing for funds for the Salvation Army picnic for children in Wick. In the open-air at the Camps in Wick he would cry out for all those who could afford to give £1 notes, then for those who were able to give 10/- notes and last of all he would ask for the snow (silver) to cover the paper.


When a Wick Salvationist was being interviewed as a candidate for Officership by Commissioner Jeffries he was asked, "Do you know a John Troup?" "I know a Jock Troup," replied the candidate. ''Well," said the Commissioner,. "I in­vited him to become an officer in the Salvation Army, but he felt he could not stand the discip­line.  Jock is reported to have said at least once, "If 1 had my life to live over again, I would be a Salvation Army Officer."


After Jock's health began to improve, he start­ed to travel again and conduct missions throughout Britain.  He also went abroad.  In America he was greatly loved as an old-fashioned Gospel preacher. Many souls were saved in the camp­aigns he held across that vast continent. It was on one of these tours that he received his call to "higher service". At the commencement of a campaign in Washington, which was to last six days, he had just started his message, gave out his text saying, "What else can I say but ye must be born again?" At that moment he passed from time into the immediate presence of the Master he served and loved. From that night in 1918 in the wheelhouse of the drifter Strombo, until he went home to glory on the 18th of April 1954, the Christ Who saved him, kept him in every battle and trial. God took His servant home to heaven with his "boots on", preaching the old Gospel he loved and defended. Often in conversation with his dear wife he had declared that he wished to pass on whilst on active service.


Jock was not an old man, but the thirty-six years of Christian experience were packed to cap­acity .in the service of Christ. Truly he could say, "I, love my Master, I will not go out free."  He has gone down in the annals of the Evangelical Church as one of the greatest evangelists Scotland has ever produced. It was his responsibility and privilege to be one of the few men entrusted to be at the "helm" in a time of spiritual awakening.

One of Jock's favourite choruses was, .

                      "Just a little longer, and the trump of God will sound,

                      Just a little longer, and we'll all be glory bound.

                      Look away to Jesus, your redemption draweth nigh ,.­

                      Just a little longer, and we'll meet Him in the sky."

His melodious voice has been preserved for posterity on quite a few gramophone records. He sang the old hymns' with a "tremendous depth of conviction seldom found in modern gospel soloists.


Many of the renowned evangelical leaders paid tribute to Jock and lamented that a great man and a prince had "fallen in Israel". His lifetime friend Peter Connely said when he heard of Jock's untimely death, "I have lost my dearest friend. He wept long and uncontrollably for the souls of men and women that his eyes were like balls of fire. He taught me how to pray."


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