Stevens, John, was born at Aldwinkle, in Northamptonshire, June 8th, 1776. About the age of sixteen he went to London, where he joined the Baptist church in Grafton Street, whose pastor was at that time R. Burnham. He began to preach, and in 1797 became minister at Oundle, soon afterwards at St. Neots, and then at Boston. In 1811, after the death of Burnham, he was invited to succeed him at Grafton Street. Stevens had popular gifts as a preacher: the place became too small, and ultimately a new chapel was built in Meard's Court, Soho, where he continued to minister until he died Oct. 6, 1847.
Stevens was a High Calvinist in theology, and an ardent polemic. He wrote several controversial works, the most famous of which was entitled, A Sc… Go to person page >