More recently, the Christian walk of Will Houghton, a preacher who became the president of Moody Bible Institute during the 1940s, played a large role in the conversion of an agnostic who was contemplating suicide. The skeptic was desperate, but he decided that if he could find a minister who lived his faith he would listen to him. So he hired a private detective to watch Houghton. When the investigators report came back, it revealed that this preachers life was above reproach; he was for real. The agnostic went to Houghtons church, accepted Christ, and later sent his daughter to Moody Bible Institute.