After F. W. Boreham was advised to leave the stress and climate of Hobart, he was invited to be the pastor of the recently established Melbourne church of Armadale Baptist. By this stage, FWB had become a renowned writer and people were soon travelling from across Australia to hear the now more accessible preacher. Armadale likewise doubled its congregation in just over a year and was filled to capacity each Sunday. It was from Melbourne that F.W. Boreham was launched onto the world stage with tours of the U.K. in 1924, and also the United States and Canada as well in 1928, and 1936. Then, at an age when many of contemporaries and even younger family members had died, he thought his preaching ministry had come to an end. But “like a bolt from the blue” he was invited to be the lunch-time speaker at Scots Church in Melbourne each Wednesday for just a few weeks. This appointment lasted 18 years and proved to be FWB’s most fruitful pulpit.
This episode of the documentary tracks F. W. Boreham’s journey as a pastor, preacher and writer. While Mosgiel was the making the F.W.B. as a pastor and Hobart was the making of him as a preacher, it was Melbourne that presented him to the world as a writer. For these contributions he was honoured by a young Queen Elizabeth with the prestigious Order of the British Empire (O.B.E.).