Free Church of England

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Free Church of England

Free Church of England

Free Church of England

Free, Edward Drax (1764-1843), Church of England clergyman

Shore, James (1805-1874), founder of the Free Church of England

LANDER, Richard Brook (died 1937), Bishop Primus of the Free Church of England

ARMSTRONG, Walter H. (1873 - 1949), Methodist Minister; Moderator, Federal Council of Free Churches of England

REES, Beddoe (died 1931), Joint-Treasurer, National Free Church Council of England; ex-President, National Free Church Council, Wales

GILLIE, Robert Calder (1865 - 1941), Minister Emeritus of Presbyterian Church of England; Ex-President National Council of the Evangelical Free Churches; ex-Moderator of the Presbyterian Church of England

BERRY, Charles Albert (1852 - 1899), Pastor of Queen Street Congregational Church, Wolverhampton, from 1883; Chairman (1897) of Congregational Union of England and Wales; First President National Council of Evangelical Free Churches

COLVILLE, James (died 1953), Minister St Peter’s Presbyterian Church, Upper Tooting, since 1922; Moderator of General Assembly of Presbyterian Church of England, 1945–46; Pres. National Free Church Council, 1937–38

SHAKESPEARE, John Howard (1857 - 1928), Secretary of the Baptist Union of Great Britain and Ireland, 1898–1924; European Secretary of the Baptist World Alliance; Moderator of the Federal Council of the Evangelical Free Churches of England, 1919–21; Joint Secretary of the Federal Council of the Evangelical Free Churches of England

MACKENNAL, Alexander (1835 - 1904), Chairman of the Council of Mansfield College, Oxford, from 1891; Chairman of the Congregational Union of England and Wales, 1887; President of the National Council of the Evangelical Free Churches, 1899–1900; Carew Lecturer Hartford Seminary, Conn, USA, 1901

TOWNSEND, Henry (died 1955), Principal and Professor of Philosophy of Religion and Theology at the Manchester Baptist College, 1919–49; President Baptist Union, 1936; Dean of Faculty of Theology, Manchester University, 1926–28; Moderator of National Federal Free Church Council of England and Wales, 1944


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A small Protestant body which originated in a dispute in 1843 between H. Phillpotts, Bp. of Exeter, and one of his clergy, James Shore. It received definite shape in 1863 in association with the Countess of Huntingdon's Connexion. In 1927 it united with the Reformed Episcopal Church, a similar group which had separated from the Episcopal Church in the United States of America in 1873.

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