RIPPON, John. b. Tiverton, Devon, 29 April 1751; d. London, 17 December 1836. Born into a devout Baptist family, he studied at the Bristol Baptist Academy (1769-73) and became pastor of the influential Carter Lane Particular Baptist Church in Southwark, London, where he served from 1773 until his death 63 years later. Active in all denominational and many Dissenting activities, Rippon promoted a moderate Calvinism and encouraged many new ventures in Baptist life. He published the Baptist Annual Register (1790-1802) and was the first Chairman of the Baptist Union in 1812. Renowned for his preaching and his missionary activity, he was awarded an Honorary AM (1784) and DD (1792) by Rhode...
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