Charlie Batzold, as he liked to be called, was most certainly God’s man, almost a pattern for Psalms 37: 23, “the steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord and he delighteth in his way.”
A beloved padre in World War I, a Congregationalist minister and a spiritual trailblazer, he was a man on a mission. It was said that he could speak with all the passion of John the Baptist as he would quote such things as, “Ye generation of vipers, how can ye escape the damnation of hell.” Yet, in the very next breath, his words could be tender and sympathetic and bring a tears to the eyes.
His life changed when in 1920 he met Professor Edward Farraday Odlum and Reverend Dr. William Pascoe Goard and he learned the Israel Truth. From that moment on, he became a crusader, a tireless leader, and a man with a purpose. Indeed, no man of the cloth had any more resolute confidence in his mission and its responsibilities than this man. He jumped in with both feet and went everywhere preaching the Israel Truth, at churches, service clubs and any place where the desire to listen was evident.
As his name became known, huge crowds would be there to meet him. He took on the leading role of Secretary-General of the Movement and helped organize British-Israel associations, conferences and youth groups across Canada with much success.
He went on to form his Reconciliation Ministry and “Excalibur,” a magazine that discussed world events in light of Scripture prophecy.