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February 2019

Charles Darwin

Charles Robert Darwin, was an English naturalist, geologist and biologist, best known for his contributions to the science of evolution. His proposition was that all species of life have descended over time from common ancestors. In a joint publication with Alfred Russel Wallace, he introduced his scientific theory that this branching pattern of evolution…

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January 2019

Charles Haddon Spurgeon

Charles Haddon Spurgeon (1834-92) was England’s best-known preacher for most of the second half of the nineteenth century. After a childhood in Essex, when he owed much to Christian parents and grandparents, he was converted in 1850 at the age of fifteen. He was then assisting at a school in Cambridge. It was in…

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February 2019

Charles Simeon

Charles was born at Reading, Berkshire in 1759 and baptised in the parish church on 24 October of that year.  He was the fourth and youngest son of Richard Simeon (died 1784) and Elizabeth Hutton. His eldest brother, named Richard after their father, died early. His second brother, John, entered the legal profession, became…

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May 2019

Christmas Evans

Christmas Evans  was a Welsh Nonconformist minister, regarded as one of the greatest preachers in the history of Wales. Evans was born near the village of Llandysul, Ceredigion. His father, a shoemaker, died early, and the boy grew up as an illiterate farm labourer. At the age of seventeen, he became the servant of…

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June 2019

Constantine the Great

Constantine the Great, also known as Constantine I, was a Roman Emperor who ruled between 306 and 337 AD. Born in Naissus, in Dacia Ripensis, city now known as Niš (located in Serbia), he was the son of Flavius Valerius Constantius, a Roman Army officer of Illyrian origins. His mother Helena was Greek. His…

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May 2019

Cornelius Van Til

Cornelius Van Til was a Dutch-American Christian philosopher and Reformed theologian, who is credited as being the originator of modern presuppositional apologetics. He was the sixth son of Ite van Til, a dairy farmer, and his wife Klasina van der Veen. At the age of ten, he moved with his family to Highland, Indiana.…

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February 2019

Daniel Rowland

Daniel Rowland (also spelt Rowlands; c. 1711 – 16 October 1790) served as an Evangelist and early on as an Anglican curate. He was one of the foremost figures in the Welsh Calvinistic Methodist revival, along with Howell Harris and William Williams. For fifty-five years Daniel Rowland was one of the leading evangelists in…

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February 2019

David Brainerd

David Brainerd was born on April 20, 1718 in Haddam, Connecticut, the son of Hezekiah, a Connecticut legislator, and Dorothy. He had nine siblings, one of whom was Dorothy’s from a previous marriage. He was orphaned at the age of nine, as his father died in 1727 at the age of forty-six and his…

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March 2019

David Livingstone

David Livingstone  was a Scottish physician, Congregationalist, and pioneer Christian missionary with the London Missionary Society, an explorer in Africa, and one of the most popular British heroes of the late 19th-century Victorian era. He had a mythical status that operated on a number of interconnected levels: Protestant missionary martyr, working-class “rags-to-riches” inspirational story,…

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December 2018

Dr D Martyn Lloyd-Jones

Lloyd-Jones was born in Cardiff and raised in Llangeitho, Cardiganshire. His father was a grocer, and he had two brothers: Harold died during the 1918 flu pandemic, while Vincent went on to become a High Court judge. Llangeitho is associated with the Welsh Methodist revival, as it was the location of Daniel Rowland’s ministry.…

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February 2019

Dwight L Moody

Dwight Moody was born in Northfield, Massachusetts, as the seventh child in a large family. His father, Edwin J. Moody, was a small farmer and stonemason. His mother was Betsey Moody (née Holton. They had five sons and a daughter before Dwight’s birth. His father died when Dwight was age four; fraternal twins, a…

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January 2019

Elisabeth Elliot

Elisabeth Elliot was born Elisabeth Howard in Brussels, Belgium on December 21, 1926, and her family included her missionary parents, four brothers, and one sister. Elisabeth’s brothers, Thomas Howard and David Howard, are also authors. Her family moved to the Germantown neighborhood of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in the U.S. when she was a few months…

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