Nashville Globe – 22 Feb 1907
Will Visit the Old World — News has just reached Nashville that Rev. John E. Ford, D.D. , pastor of the largest Baptist Church in Denver, Col., will visit the world’s Fifth Sunday School Convention, which is to be held in Rome, Italy, during the month of May. Rev. Ford, at one time attended Fisk University, but later graduated from Chicago University with high honors. His friends in Nashville will be delighted to know that he will make this trip in behalf of his interest, in the Sunday school work with which he is closely identified. It is stated that Dr. Ford will go from. It is stated that Dr. Ford will go from Denver to Boston; Mass., where he will embark on his long journey to visit that once famous European city. In company with Dr. Ford, it is learned that Rev. James E. Shepherd, the International Sunday School Secretary, of Raleigh, North Carolina, will go. It was rumored, and in fact, it is not yet definitely settled that Rev. C.H. Clark, D.D., who is Chairman of the National Baptist Publishing Board and pastor of Mt. Olive Baptist Church, will go. It is stated on good authority that if Dr. Clark will make known to his church that he desires the trip they will unhesitatingly arrange to send him. The entire trip will cost something over $350, which includes first-class passage and hotel bills. After the Convention in Rome is over the entire party will take side trips to the “Holy Land,” and up into the interior of Europe. On returning, Dr. Ford may come via Nashville, but this is not certain.