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Maltbie Babcock, who wrote " This Is My Father's World" studied at both Syracuse University and Auburn Theological Seminary. A noteworthy student, he also showed talent in sports and music. Babcock was an excellent swimmer and an expert pitcher who became president of the baseball team. He sang in and directed the glee club, played several musical instruments, and directed the school orchestra as well.
Had he not chosen to go into the ministry, Babcock might have pursued a career as a professional musician. But his preaching career served him well. Babcock's knowledgeable mind, fluent speaking skills, and magnetic personality earned him preaching invitations from colleges all over America. He became known for presenting spiritual and ethical truths with freshness and effect.
In 1899, Babcock was called to the prestigious pastorate of the Brick Presbyterian Church in New York City. He'd been there for only eighteen months when, on a Mediterranean tour, he died of brucellosis.