Servant to the Servants

Roy C. Wilhelm, Hand of the Cause of God

Roy Wilhelm is described by his biographers within these pages as quiet and gentle, but iron-willed. Relative to some of his contemporaries in the early Bahá’í community of North America, his is a life perhaps less explored and examined so far by historians. This may be in part because many of the services he rendered were of a behind-the-scenes or administrative nature. What becomes abundantly clear when reading about the life of this brilliant and steadfast individual, however, is that he earned the unwavering trust of both ‘Abdu’l-Bahá and Shoghi Effendi for his tireless and selfless devotion to the Cause.

Wilhelm’s life story is a rich and varied one that takes the reader from the coffee farms of Costa Rica to Wall Street to the picturesque environs of the properties that remain associated with his life and the Faith he held so dearly. He was a...Show More

Roy Wilhelm is described by his biographers within these pages as quiet and gentle, but iron-willed. Relative to some of his contemporaries in the early Bahá’í community of North America, his is a life perhaps less explored and examined so far by historians. This may be in part because many of the services he rendered were of a behind-the-scenes or administrative nature. What becomes abundantly clear when reading about the life of this brilliant and steadfast individual, however, is that he earned the unwavering trust of both ‘Abdu’l-Bahá and Shoghi Effendi for his tireless and selfless devotion to the Cause.

Wilhelm’s life story is a rich and varied one that takes the reader from the coffee farms of Costa Rica to Wall Street to the picturesque environs of the properties that remain associated with his life and the Faith he held so dearly. He was a shrewd businessman with a keen intellect and a wide range of interests.

The extent of his services to the Faith and the establishment of its institutions in North America is hard to overstate. A pivotal figure in laying the groundwork for the establishment of the Bahá’í Administrative Order, Roy was also a dynamic and effective teacher of the Faith who shared its message with many people, including Martha Root and Curtis Kelsey. Shouldering massive responsibility for the well-being and functioning of the early American Bahá’í community throughout the years of the first World War and the Great Depression, he was called upon time and time again by ‘Abdu’l-Bahá and later Shoghi Effendi to rise to numerous roles and challenges.

When one reads of his wisdom, discretion, and generosity, it is no surprise that the beloved Guardian described him as an “immovable pillar” and a “Herald of the Covenant,” and posthumously appointed him as a Hand of the Cause of God.

  • Contributors:
    Joel Nizin (Author) | 
    Kathryn Hogenson (Author) | 
    Gary Hogenson (Author)
  • Format: Softcover book | 388 pages
  • Dimensions: 152 x 229 x 25 mm | 624 g
  • Publisher: Bahá'í Publishing (USA), 2023
  • ISBN: 9781618512260
  • SKU: NIZIN_SERVA
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  • Contributors:
    Joel Nizin (Author) | 
    Kathryn Hogenson (Author) | 
    Gary Hogenson (Author)
  • Format: Softcover book | 388 pages
  • Dimensions: 152 x 229 x 25 mm | 624 g
  • Publisher: Bahá'í Publishing (USA), 2023
  • ISBN: 9781618512260
  • SKU: NIZIN_SERVA

About Kathryn Hogenson

Kathryn Jewett Hogenson, a native of Virginia, resides in Florida with her husband, Gary Hogenson. She is a lawyer by training and an historian by choice. For many years, she served the Bahá’í Faith at both the international and national levels as a staff member. A frequent lecturer, she is the author of other books and articles, including Lighting the Western Sky: The Hearst Pilgrimage and the Establishment of the Bahá’í Faith in the West.

Titles by Kathryn Hogenson

Hands of the Cause of God

History in America