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BOOK - The Damascus Road (Bible Christian Church)
By Sherrell Branton Leetooze

This book introduces the reader to the ministers who served those faithful to the Bible Christian faith, and worked as missionaries in what later became Canada. The author shares the result of her years of research on who the ministers were, where they came from and what happened to them as they dedicated their lives to their congregations.
    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: Table of Contents for this book ( The Damascus Road ) :
  • Preface: A short history by Rev. George Webber, 1884
  • Introduction: The life and time of the preachers
  • Shebbear College
  • Preachers in the Wilderness
  • An Alphabetical list of the Preachers of the Canadian Conference containing short biographies of each man.
  • Epilogue: Other places and future portions of the Bible Christian Project
281 pages, 31 x 49 cm; trade paperback; information organized alphabetically by surname; illus; maps; photos; ISBN 0-9737330-0-4

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