November 19: Today in Christian History

November 19: Today in Christian History

November 19, 1621

John Donne is appointed dean of St. Paul’s Cathedral, London.

November 19, 1672

Richard Baxter defies the English law forbidding him to preach, “preaching as never sure to preach again, and as a dying man to dying men.”

November 19, 1708

Danish authorities in India, fearful of losing profits if Hindus are upset by hearing the gospel preached, imprison missionary Bartholomaus Ziegenbalg. He will be held for four months.

November 19, 1786

Queen Charlotte of England, wishing to set up Sunday schools at Windsor, consults for two hours with Sarah Trimmer. Trimmer was notable for her Sunday schools, educational and biblical writings, and Christian piety.

November 19, 1827 

Johann Gottlieb Christaller, West African missionary and Bible translator, was born in Wuerttemberg. Sent to the Gold Coast by the Basel Mission Society, he served in what is now Ghana from 1853 to 1868. He founded the scientific study of West African languages and translated the Bible into Twi (Tshi).

November 19, 1861

At the suggestion of her minister, abolitionist Julia Ward Howe writes the words of “The Battle Hymn of the Republic” to the popular tune “John Brown’s Body.”

November 19, 1867

St. Innocent of Alaska (John Venianinov) is appointed Metropolitan of Moscow. He undertakes revisions of many church texts, raises funds to improve the living conditions of priests, and establishes a retirement home for priests.

November 19, 1867

Metropolitan Philaret serves the Divine Liturgy for the last time and is found dead in the afternoon. He had struggled to free the church from government interference and had supported the efforts of the Russian Bible Society to translate the Bible into modern Russian that people could understand.

November 19, 1900

Death of Samuel J. Stone, Anglican clergyman and hymnwriter and hymnologist, who had published five collections of hymns. His best-known hymn will be “The Church’s One Foundation.”

November 19, 1910

Swedish missionaries Daniel Berg and Adolf Vingren disembark in Brazil where they introduce Pentecostal faith to South America’s largest nation, forming its first Assemblies of God church.

November 19, 1967

Jacob Olawale Omoniyi is ordained as a Baptist minister in Nigeria. Despite deficiencies in his education, he becomes a notable educator, pastor, and leader—the first chairman of the Oyo West Baptist Conference.

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