Knowles Shaw was the most popular evangelist of the second generation. Like Love Jameson, he was a musical minister of the Gospel. Often in the midst of his discourse, he would walk down the aisle, sing a gospel song or, sitting at the reed organ, play and sing while exhorting his hearers to obey Jesus Redeemer and Lord.
Novel approaches to people he sometimes used. One instance was when he went to a community, where he was not known, to preach a series of sermons. He entered the general store of the village and asked to borrow a shovel. The storekeeper asked what he wanted it for. He replied, “To construct a dam across the creek nearby.”
Some men inquired, “Who is that stranger and why is he making that dam?” No one knew. They said, “Let’s go and ask him.”
They did and he replied, “To baptized people.” He said, “Come to the church tonight, and I will tell you.”
Curiosity filled the church, and many were baptized before the meeting closed.
He wore a heavy black beard, was prepossessing and loved his Lord and the church with such ardor that multitudes heard him gladly. Knowles Shaw’s last words before his tragic death in a Texas train wreck were, “It is a glorious thing to win souls to Christ.” He was best known in Indiana, Ohio and the middle states where his passion for souls glorified his name and by example inspires our ministry even today.