October 7, 1817 – Samuel Leigh

North American Methodist preachers and evangelists were accustomed to “preaching the circuit” to several churches within a given area.  Depending on the location and distance, a circuit could take weeks or even months to complete.  Australia was no different and on October 7, 1817 Samuel Leigh would begin the first Methodist church in Castlereagh by working with a local farmer …

October 6, 1536 – William Tyndale

William Tyndale understood the benefit of publishing the Bible in the English language but neither Pope Paul III nor the English King Henry VIII agreed. Tyndale fled England for Belgium to finish publishing the English Bible but Henry sent hitmen after him who rooted him out and strangled him to death at Vilvoorde Castle not far from Brussels. To make …

October 5, 1690 – Solomon Stoddard

The Harvard University librarian and pastor of the church at Northampton, MA until his death was Solomon Stoddard (this is his home). In the early days of the Massachusetts Bay Colony, church membership was necessary for citizenship and Stoddard began a practice of amending the church membership policy as the older generations died out. One practice began on October 5, …

October 4, 1890 – Catherine Booth

Catherine Booth, the co-founder of the Salvation Army along with her husband William, dies in England on October 4, 1890. From the beginning of the Salvation Army’s efforts, she preached sermons and made sure women were an integral part of the leadership of the organization.

October 3, 1943 – Danish Hiding of Jews

The Danish seaport town of Gilleleje was reminded by Lutheran pastor Kjeldgaard Jensen on October 3, 1943 to follow what Denmark’s bishops asked of their congregations: hide Jews from Nazis. The Lutheran Church reminded their parishioners Jesus was a Jew, this was a clear way to show the example of loving your neighbor and it represented the Danish ideals of …

October 2, 1729 – Baptist missionaries

Before the concern of good marketing took place, a dozen Baptist ministers on October 2, 1729 formed the “Baptist Missionary Society for the Propagation of the Gospel Among the Heathen”. It’s first leader and missionary was William Carey.

October 1, 1529 – Colloquy of Marburg

One dynamic of the Protestant Reformation was anyone and everyone could have an opinion on how to interpret Scripture instead of what the Church of Rome commanded. Two Protestant giants, Germany’s Martin Luther and Switzerland’s Ulrich Zwingli, squared off on October 1, 1529 for the Colloquy of Marburg to seek theological agreement on 15 points. While they agreed on 14 …

September 30, 1770 – George Whitefield

Unarguably the greatest preacher of the 18th century was Anglican George Whitefield who died on September 30, 1770.  He was a major figure in the first Great Awakening revival in America.  It is estimated he preached over 18,000 sermons to over 10 million listeners in his lifetime. 

September 29, 1413 – Sir John Oldcastle

Lollards were a group of Englishmen, led by the Oxford scholar-priest John Wycliffe, who began the fight for the supremacy of Scripture over the authority of the Pope.  One Lollard follower was Sir John Oldcastle who was charged with heresy by Archbishop of Canterbury Thomas Arundel on September 29, 1413.  After hiding out for years, he was eventually turned in …

September 28, 1839 – Frances Willard

The Women’s Christian Temperance Union’s first president was Frances Willard who was born on September 28, 1839.  The WCTU believed social justice was an integral part of Christian life and under Willard’s leadership she laid the ground work for the passage of two amendments to the US Constitution:  the 18th Amendment which instituted prohibition and the 19th which gave women …