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January 2019

Samuel Rutherford

Samuel Rutherford was born in the village of Nisbet, Roxburghshire, in the Scottish Borders area of Scotland. Rutherford was educated at Jedburgh Grammar School and the University of Edinburgh, where he became Regent of Humanity (Professor of Latin) in 1623. In 1627 he was settled as minister of Anwoth in Kirkcudbrightshire, Galloway, where it…

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July 2019

Sarah Martin

Sarah Martin was a prison visitor and philanthropist. She was born at Great Yarmouth; and lived in nearby Caister. She earned her living by dressmaking, and devoted much of her time amongst criminals in the Tolhouse Gaol in Great Yarmouth. Born in June 1791, her father was a local tradesman. Orphaned at an early…

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May 2019

Selina, Countess of Huntingdon

Selina Hastings was born Lady Selina Shirley, the second daughter of Washington Shirley, 2nd Earl Ferrers, and Mary Levinge, at Staunton Harold Hall, a mansion near Ashby-de-la-Zouch in Leicestershire. She married Theophilus Hastings, 9th Earl of Huntingdon, on 3 June 1728, and went to live at Donington Hall, Leicestershire. Her husband died in 1746.…

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July 2019

Theodore Beza

Theodore Beza  was a French Reformed Protestant theologian, reformer and scholar who played an important role in the Reformation. He was a disciple of John Calvin and lived most of his life in Geneva. Beza succeeded Calvin as a spiritual leader of the Republic of Geneva, which was originally founded by John Calvin himself.

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June 2019

Thomas Bilney

Thomas Bilney was an English Christian martyr. Thomas Bilney was born around 1495 in Norfolk, most likely in Norwich. Nothing is known of his parents except that they outlived him. He entered Trinity Hall, Cambridge at a young age, around the year 1510. During his life he was nicknamed Little Bilney because of his…

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July 2019

Thomas Brooks

Thomas Brooks was an English non-conformist Puritan preacher and author. Much of what is known about Thomas Brooks has been ascertained from his writings. Born, likely to well-to-do parents, in 1608, Brooks entered Emmanuel College, Cambridge in 1625, where he was preceded by such men as Thomas Hooker, John Cotton, and Thomas Shepard. He…

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February 2019

Thomas Chalmers

Often described as the greatest Scotsman of his age, Thomas Chalmers was something of a polymath. He became a colossus for evangelical historic Calvinism in Scotland in his day and arguably the most influential instrument used by the Lord in his Church in Scotland since John Knox. It wasn’t like that initially, though, for,…

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January 2019

Thomas Charles

Thomas Charles was a Welsh Calvinistic Methodist clergyman of considerable importance in the history of modern Wales. Charles had been influenced by the great revival movement in Wales, and at the age of seventeen had been converted by a sermon of Daniel Rowland. This was enough to make him unpopular with many of the Welsh clergy, and…

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February 2019

Thomas Cranmer

Thomas Cranmer was the first Protestant archbishop of Canterbury (1533–56), adviser to the English kings Henry VIII and Edward VI. Thomas Cranmer was the first Protestant archbishop of Canterbury (1533–56), adviser to the English kings Henry VIII and Edward VI. As archbishop, he put the English Bible in parish churches, drew up the Book…

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June 2019

Thomas Goodwin

Thomas Goodwin, known as “the Elder”, was an English Puritan theologian and preacher, and an important leader of religious Independents. He served as chaplain to Oliver Cromwell, and was imposed by Parliament as President of Magdalen College, Oxford, in 1650. Christopher Hill places Goodwin in the “main stream of Puritan thought”. He studied at…

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May 2019

Thomas Watson

He was educated at Emmanuel College, Cambridge, where he was noted for remarkably intense study. In 1646 he commenced a sixteen-year pastorate at St. Stephen’s, Walbrook. He showed strong Presbyterian views during the civil war, with, however, an attachment to the king, and in 1651 he was imprisoned briefly with some other ministers for…

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July 2019

W P Nicholson

William Patteson Nicholson was a preacher born in Bangor, County Down, Ireland. Nicknamed “the Tornado of the Pulpit”, Nicholson spent his early years on his father’s cargo ship. He began to preach Christianity in 1899 at the age of 23 and was known for his “men-only” meetings. Nicholson used straightforward language which communicated to…

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