John Hyde was born in 1865 in Carthage, Illinois. His father was Reverend Smith Harris Hyde a Presbyterian. John Hyde and his brother Edmund attended seminary together. John looked up to and admired his older brother very much.
Nicolaus Ludwig von Zinzendorf, born to Austrian nobility, was influenced by Pietistic preaching and founded the Moravian Missions. The Pietist were a group of zealous Christians that are known as the instruments of the Second Phase of the Reformation. Church life tended to be shallow, and that meaningful religious commitment on the part of church members was frequently lacking. Christianity was, for the most part, was something done rather than a lifestyle.