282 – Oct. 09 – This Day in Baptist History Past


 

Three “Mighty Men” of Evangelism

 

 1843 – Robert Compton, Pastor of the Beulah Baptist Church in Russellville, Penn. wrote to fellow pastors, “[We are] now enjoying a precious revival-the effects of a protracted season…which commenced Oct. 9…We held the meeting every afternoon and night for three weeks…Last Lord’s day…the house was crowded to excess-the aisles, pulpit and every corner. The preaching has been pleasing, pointed, and powerful, being…attended with the convicting and converting Spirit of Almighty God.” Compton was commending the evangelistic ministry of Emerson Andrews who was born in Mansfield, Mass., on Nov. 24, 1806, the eldest son of James and Mercy Andrews, a very religious family with the family altar as the center of the home. The family moved to New Hampshire where tragedy struck in the form of typhoid. Emerson’s father, both brothers, and two sisters were lost in death. Emerson and his sisters lingered for weeks and finally lived. He entered Union College in N.Y. and heard a sermon by the Congregational Revivalist Ashael Nettleton and trusted Christ as Savior. He became persuaded of immersion and A.D. Gillette, pastor of the Baptist Church in Schenectady, N.Y. baptized him. His meetings were beyond supernatural. In 1843 a Baptist church in reading Penn. with 60 members saw 500 saved in an eight week protracted meeting with daily baptisms morning and night. Along with Jacob Knapp, Jabez Swann, Emerson Andrews would qualify as one of “David’s Mighty Men” of evangelism in 19th Century New England. [Emerson Andrews, Living Life (Boston: James H. Earle, 1872, pp. 198-99. This Day in Baptist History II: Cummins and Thompson, BJU Press: Greenville, S.C. 2000 A.D. 553-55.] Prepared by Dr. Greg J. Dixon

 

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