Ford (January 8, 1896 – January 4, 1971) was an American psychic
spiritual medium, clairaudient and in 1955 founded the Spiritual
Frontiers Fellowship. Born in Titusville, Florida he studied many
religions as a child and attended Transylvania College, a Disciples
of Christ school in Lexington, Kentucky.
He was ordained as a Disciples minister, and served a church in
Barbourbville, Kentucky. His psychic abilities first presented themselves
to him during the First World War while serving in the Army he would
"hear" the names of fellow soldiers and within the next days they
would be on the casualty lists.
After the war he researched psychic phenomena and became a Spiritualist
around 1921. He would soon become a trance medium, and "Fletcher,"
his control, would present himself in these early trance sessions
and remain with him for his entire career. One of his lectures in
Britain in 1927 was attended by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle who the next
day said "One of the most amazing things I have ever seen in 41
years of psychic experience was the demonstration of Arthur Ford.
He gained national attention when he was believed to have contacted
the dead son of Bishop Pike in 1967 on network TV.