Ministers/Teaching Elders

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Thomas Smith was born in March, 1800, in Union District, South Carolina, to Rev. William and Mary (Smith) Williamson. Mary was his second wife and he was serving as the minister of the church at Fair Forest. In 1805, the family left South Carolina and moved to Adams County, Ohio. Thomas grew up and studied […]

Included in the writings of A. W. Loomis are some shorter works directed to a readership that includes not only the nonbeliever but also Christians seeking instruction. One of his titles is The Profits of Godliness, 1859, which is a simple, popular exposition of questions 36-38 of the Westminster Shorter Catechism. Rev. Loomis explains each of […]

When the island of Bermuda is mentioned it might bring to mind knee-length shorts, plush resorts, a bank haven, or golf, but in the 1840s, it was important for the British Empire as a convenient port because of its strategic location about 600 miles east of Cape Hatteras, North Carolina. The industrial revolution was charging […]

C. N. Willborn and Caleb Cangelosi, eds., Selected Writings of Benjamin Morgan Palmer: Articles Written for the Southwestern Presbyterian in the Years 1869–1870, Carlisle: Banner of Truth Trust, 2014, cloth, 205 pages. The 1902 General Assembly of the P.C.U.S. convened in First Church, Jackson, Mississippi, May 15, 1902. The retiring moderator, Neander M. Woods of […]

With this biography the meaning of “presbyterian” is expanded to include other denominations that follow Calvinism and are ordered by connectionalism. Presbyterian means most basically rule by elders, and Presbyterian Churches are associated particularly with the Calvinism developed by John Knox and organized with connectional polity. However, there are other denominations that follow Calvin as […]

The son of George Smith and Sarah (Kennedy) Green named William was born January 27, 1825, at Groveville, Burlington County, New Jersey. He united with the First Presbyterian Church in Easton, Pennsylvania, at the age of fifteen. His preparatory studies were pursued in Easton under the tutelage of Rev. John Vandeveer. He graduated Lafayette College […]

William Plumer Jacobs was born to Rev. Ferdinand and Mary Elizabeth Redbrook Jacobs in Yorkville, South Carolina, March 15, 1842. Ferdinand had been born in Alexandria, Virginia, and following his education at Hampden-Sydney College and Union Seminary he served churches in Alabama, Georgia, and South Carolina. Ferdinand Jacob’s ministry over the years included the presidency of […]

Benjamin Breckinridge Warfield’s interests as a boy indicated that he would likely take a very different vocational direction than the study of theology. Following his birth on November 5, 1851 to William (pictured) and Mary Cabell Breckinridge Warfield, he grew up on the Warfield family farm named “Grasmere” near Lexington, Kentucky, where his father was […]

Travel in the nineteenth century could be dangerous whether it was by train, ship, bicycle, or horse. Trains sometimes ran off the rails and crashed or collided with other trains, ocean-going vessels ran aground or sank in storms, and the skittishness of some horses led to fallen riders and bolting teams pulling carriages of passengers […]

John M. Wells, in his book, Southern Presbyterian Worthies, describes the setting of scenic Strickler’s Springs— Near the center of Rockbridge County, Virginia, in the very heart of the Valley of Virginia, rises a massive peak known from its shape as House Mountain. Rugged, square, imposing, it may be seen from every part of the […]

They said that he looked like Napoleon Bonaparte, that his students entered the lecture hall in fear and trembling, that he read his sermons with his head bowed motionless over the pulpit, and that he found social situations very uncomfortable. He absorbed languages like a sponge; it is believed that he knew over thirty. However, […]

Robert Harden Reid was born July 17, 1821 near Moffattsville, Anderson County, South Carolina.  His father was Andrew Reid, an elder for nearly fifty years in the Good Hope Presbyterian Church. His mother’s family name is Hamilton, but the sources consulted did not provide her given name.  As Robert matured he received his education locally […]