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January 2019

John Owen

John Owen was an English Nonconformist church leader, theologian, and academic administrator at the University of Oxford. In 1644, Owen married Mary Rooke (d. 1675). The couple had 11 children, ten of whom died in infancy. One daughter survived to adulthood, married, and shortly thereafter died of consumption. Eighteen months later, he married Dorothy…

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July 2019

John G. Paton

Born into a Christian family near Dumfries in 1824, John Gibson Paton’s early years were marked by a struggle against poverty. He was self-educated, and the training ground for his life’s work was the slums of Glasgow where he laboured with success as a city missionary. With ‘the wail of the perishing heathen in…

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May 2019

John Rogers

John Rogers was an English clergyman, Bible translator and commentator. He guided the development of the Matthew Bible in vernacular English during the reign of Henry VIII and was the first English Protestant martyr under Mary I of England who was determined to restore Roman Catholicism.

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January 2019

John Stott

John Robert Walmsley Stott was born on 27 April 1921 in London, England, to Sir Arnold and Emily “Lily” Stott (née Holland). His father was a leading physician at Harley Street and an agnostic, while his mother had been raised Lutheran and attended the nearby Church of England church, All Souls, Langham Place. Stott…

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July 2019

John Sutcliff

THE Rev. John Sutcliff was born near Halifax, in Yorkshire. His parents were both of them pious characters, and remarkable for their strict attention to the instruction and government of their children. Of course he would be taught the good and the right way from his childhood. It does not appear, however, that he…

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December 2018

John Wesley

(Introduction from Wikipedia) John Wesley was an English cleric and theologian who, with his brother Charles and fellow cleric George Whitefield, founded Methodism. Educated at Charterhouse School and Christ Church, Oxford, Wesley was elected a fellow of Lincoln College, Oxford in 1726 and ordained as an Anglican priest two years later. He led the…

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February 2019

John Wycliffe

John Wycliffe was an English scholastic philosopher, theologian, Biblical translator, reformer, English priest, and a seminary professor at the University of Oxford, became an influential dissident within the Roman Catholic priesthood during the 14th century and is considered an important predecessor to Protestantism. Wycliffe attacked the privileged status of the clergy, which had bolstered…

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January 2019

Jonathan Edwards

Jonathan Edwards (October 5, 1703 – March 22, 1758) was an American revivalist preacher, philosopher, and Congregationalist Protestant theologian. Like most of the Puritans, he held to the Reformed theology. His colonial followers later distinguished themselves from other Congregationalists as “New Lights” (endorsing the Great Awakening), as opposed to “Old Lights” (non-revivalists). Edwards is…

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May 2019

Joseph Hart

Joseph Hart was an 18th-century Calvinist minister in London. His works include “Hart’s Hymns”, a much-loved hymn book among evangelical Christians throughout its lifetime of over 200 years, which includes the well-known hymns, “Come ye sinners, poor and needy” ‘A Man there is, a real Man’, and ‘How good is the God we adore’.

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July 2019

Katherine Henry

Katherine Matthews married Philip Henry. She was a godly woman and her influence on both her husband and her children left an enduring impression on the Christian church. Little is known of her early life, but she was brought to faith in Jesus Christ under the preaching of a Nonconformist minister, Richard Steel. After…

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July 2019

Marcus Loane

Sir Marcus Lawrence Loane KBE (1911–2009) was the Anglican Archbishop of Sydney from 1966 to 1982 and Primate of Australia from 1978 to 1982. Born in Tasmania, Loane spent nearly all his ministry in the Anglican Diocese of Sydney except for two years during World War II when as a front-line chaplain in Papua…

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November 2018

Martin Luther

Luther was born in Eisleben in 1483 and was baptised a Roman Catholic. He studied at the University of Erfurt, later describing it as ‘a beerhouse and a whorehouse’, even though the discipline was such that he was made to get up every day at 4.00am. He was awarded a BA and MA from…

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