Lemuel Haynes, African American Revolutionary Leader and Minister

21 Dec


I good friend has recommended a book by Reformed Baptist Pastor Thabiti Anyabwile.  It’s called The Faithful Preacher: Recapturing the Vision of Three Pioneering African-American Pastors.  One of those pastors was Lemuel Haynes (1753-1833).  Haynes pastored a white congregationalist church for decades and was known for his ardent Calvinism and federalist political views (common among those founders steeped in Puritan theology at the time).  Here’s a brief outline of his life by Anyabwile:

“A minuteman and volunteer in the Continental Army during the American Revolution, Haynes was born of mixed parentage. He was abandoned at five months old and raised as an indentured servant by a Deacon Rose and his family in Middle Granville, Massachusetts.One biographer described Haynes as “a determined, self-taught student who poured over Scripture until he could repeat from memory most of the texts dealing with the doctrines of grace….” At the Rose family home, Haynes…

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