James George Deck

DECK, James George. b. Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, 1 November 1807 (JJ gives 1802); d. Motueka, near Nelson, New Zealand, 14 August 1884. He was educated under one of Napoleon’s generals to serve in the army, and posted to India in 1824. His religious interests were strengthened by conversion in England in 1826, and he returned to India to witness for Christ among his brother officers. He resigned his commission in 1835. He left the army with the intention of becoming a priest of the Church of England, but doubts about baptismal regeneration led him to become a member of the Plymouth Brethren.  After some years of teaching and evangelism in Devon and Somerset, he suffered a breakdown in...

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