Ralph Horner was originally ordained into the Methodist Church in Kingston, Ontario, on 29 May 1887. "Immediately following his ordination, Horner began evangelistic and revival work, attracting large crowds, media attention, and criticism. Horner's insistence that he was called to evangelism and not pastoral ministry was a cause of concern that drew the attention of the Montreal Conference of 1895, and ultimately resulted in Ralph Horner's name being removed from the roll" (p. 29). "These gatherings attracted large followings and people associated with them became known informally as 'Hornerites', and formally as members of the 'Holiness Movement Church of Canada' (which was incorporated by an Act of Parliament on 14 June 1900)" (p. 29). "In 1918, a significant number of preachers from the HMC initiated a new church known as the Standard Church of America (a name based on Isaiah 62:10: 'Lift up a standard for the people')" (p. 30). Horner died in 1921. "The influence of Ralph Horner's life continues to the present through his spiritual descendants. The HMC has now merged with the Free Methodist Church, and the Standard Church has merged with The Wesleyan Church. Small remnants, as the Independent Holiness and various Pentecostal Assemblies of Canada churches have Hornerite roots" (p. 30-31).
The authors of the this book are father (Laurence) and son (Mark). Laurence Croswell "served as lead pastor for 40 years of Brockville Standard Church (later known as Centennial Road Standard Church)" (p. 32).