Charles Haddon Spurgeon

SPURGEON, Charles Haddon. b. Kelvedon, Essex, 19 June 1834; d. Menton, France, 31 January 1892. He was the elder son of a clerk to a coal merchant who was also a Baptist lay preacher and who later became an independent minister. Charles went to school in Colchester and later spent a few months at an agricultural college. He joined the Baptist Church on 3 May 1850 and in spite of his extreme youth almost immediately began his preaching ministry. After short period in teaching, he became a Baptist pastor at Waterbeach, Cambridgeshire, in 1851 and in 1854 transferred to New Park Street, Southwark, London. So successful was he that the chapel very soon had to be enlarged, but was still too...

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