Presbyterians of the Past

The lives, places, writings, and events of Reformed history



Colin McIver, Thumbnail, 8-24-2016 (2)

The state of South Carolina is rich with Presbyterian and Reformed history because of its early settlement by Presbyterian Ulster Scots, Highlanders, Hebrideans, and others from the land of tartans and the Emerald Isle, as well as the Huguenots who were Reformed immigrants from France via a number of routes as they fled persecution. The […]

Fairview, Thumbnail,, 8-16-2016

When I have occasion to visit churches while traveling, there are three churches I particularly enjoy worshipping in and wandering their properties because of their great histories, faithful preaching, and the historic appeal of their facilities.  One place of worship is the Independent Presbyterian Church, Savannah, Georgia, where the Word has been preached for over […]

Thumbnail, J H Thornwell, 5-24-2016

On April 8, 1835, Bethel Presbytery organized its new church in Lancaster, South Carolina. The church needed a teaching shepherd, so elders who had seen James Thornwell examined for licensure encouraged the congregation to approve presenting him a call through presbytery. On June 12, 1835, after some soul-searching about his spiritual qualifications and calling to […]

Was George Gallup Right?

August 5th, 2016, at 1:00 pm
Crowd, Thumbnail, 8-5-2016 (2)

Recently, while taking on the daunting task of cleaning out my many files, paper ones not digital, I ran across a tanned and deteriorating clipping that I had glued right in the middle of a bright white sheet of typing paper and inserted in a folder titled, “Church Statistics.” The title of the brief piece […]

W. B. Sprague, Thumbnail, Nevin, 3-21-2016 (2)

William Buell, youngest child of Benjamin and Sybil (Buell) Sprague, was born in Andover, Tolland county, Connecticut, October 16, 1795. As a boy he showed a keen interest in learning, was a voracious reader, and worked long and hard to hone his speaking and writing skills. After attending the common school of Andover and the […]

Tired Teacher at Days End, Thumbnail, 7-25-2016

The issues associated with the place of religion in public education, prayer in the schools, the Ten Commandments, and the Bible have been debated for years. The article available for download at the end of this introduction was originally published in 1887 and it shows the concerns that Dr. Archibald Alexander Hodge, 1823-1886, of Princeton […]

Thumbnail, Great Britain, circa 1829, 7-1-2016 (2)

When the Second General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church in the United States of America (PCUSA) convened in First Church, Philadelphia, May 20, 1790, the retiring moderator, John Rodgers, delivered his sermon from Acts 11:24, “For he was a good man,” speaking of Barnabas, “and full of the Holy Ghost and of faith: and much […]

Thumbnail, Cover, Pioneer Girl, ed. Pamela Smith Hill, 7-1-2016 (2)

The following review has no connection to Presbyterian and Reformed history. Presbyterians of the Past is publishing the review for its author and because of the influence Laura Ingalls Wilder’s novels have had upon successive generations beginning with their first editions. The books have been popular reading in Christian schools and homes and Pioneer Girl […]

Thumbnail, Bryan J. Weaver, 1955-2016, 5-23-2016 (2)

Presbyterians of the Past generally posts articles about people and subjects of the more distant past, but because the United States is celebrating its birthday and many men and women are away from hearth and home on foreign fields, it is appropriate to make an exception for a minister from recent history, Chaplain Bryan J. Weaver. He was a minister […]