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BOOK - Bible Christian Chapels of the Canadian Conference
By Sherrell Branton Leetooze

Bible Christian Chapels of the Canadian Conference provides a settlement by settlement account of the establishment of the Bible Christian congregation from Prince Edward Island to Ontario. Included in this fine text are descriptions, illustrations and pictures of Bible Christian chapels, historical sketches of some missionaries, circuit outlines, preachers and members of the church.
    The Bible Christian church was founded by William O'Bryan in Devon, England in 1815. O'Bryan, a former Methodist evangelist, and his supporters split with the Methodist faith mostly because of a conflict over the issue of ministerial freedom.

    The name "Bible Christians" pointed to the contrast between traditionalists who believed that both the Bible and the Prayer Book should be used in worship, and Bible Christians who used only the Bible during worship. Bible Christians also chose to worship in any appropriate place, not just in consecrated churches.

    O'Bryan wasn't the first to break away from the Methodist Church. The New Methodist Connexion broke away 1797, the Primitive Methodists in 1811, and then the Bible Christians in 1815.

    Many members of the Bible Christian faith emigrated to British North America (Canada) during the first half of the nineteenth century. A few more settled in three American states. Later in the ninteenth century Bible Christian membership diminished until those remaining reunited with the Wesleyan Methodist Church in Canada. Early in the twentieth century, the majority of Wesleyan Methodists, along with some other Protestant churches, united to form The United Church of Canada.
This book is one of three books that the author published after years of detailed research on the Bible Chriatians. Those three titles are:
  • A Corner For The Preacher Emigration from Cornwall and Devon to Canada
  • Bible Christian Chapels of the Canadian Conference (this book) A study of the 230 chapels and Bible Christian settlements from Prince Edward Island to Ontario, and three USA states.
  • The Damascus Road We meet the ministers and discover who they were, where they came from, and what happened to them.
Leetooze is well known in historical and genealogical circles for her considerable energy and dedication to historical accuracy when compiling previous books. These three new books will only enhance her well deserved reputation.

Bible Christian Chapels of the Canadian Conference
326 pages; 31 x 49 cm; trade paperback; index; illus; maps; photos; 1 colour plate; ISBN 0-9737330-1-2

CAT # 973012......$39.95
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