English Protestant Nonconformist, founder of a religious sect, the ‘Brownists’. His followers were the first to separate from the Anglican Church after the Reformation. His treatise Reformation without Tarrying for Any (1582) called for immediate separatism and doctrinal reform. Mental instability undermined his leadership and by 1591 he was reconciled to the Anglican Church. He is seen by English and American Congregationalists as the founder of their principles of church government.
Subjects: Christianity — History.