In 1949 Dr. Harry Denman was the General Secretary of the General Board of Evangelism of the Methodist Church.  Denman, a layman and distinguished evangelist, worked together with a group of visionary laymen to charter The Foundation for Evangelism. The FFE Charter stated that this foundation was designed to diffuse the blessing of the gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ throughout the Methodist Church, the nations and the world.

More than 30 years ago, FFE cast a vision to equip pastors during their seminary education for the role of evangelism in their daily ministry. This vision was realized with our flagship grant program the E. Stanley Jones Professors of Evangelism program, Today the program supports professors at United Methodist related seminaries around the world including The United States, Zimbabwe, Germany, and Russia.