Charles Simeon (24 September 1759 – 13 November 1836) was a leading clergyman within the Evangelical party of the Church of England. When he began his ministry at Holy Trinity, Cambridge, he was so unpopular that the Churchwardens barred his entry, services were frequently interrupted, and he was often insulted in the streets. Overcoming public prejudice, he subsequently gained a remarkable and lasting influence among the undergraduates of the university. His exposition of Scripture according to a responsible hermeneutic, Reformed theological base and Pietist application, gave Evangelicalism in the United Kingdom a strong base on which to develop.
According to the historian Thomas Macaulay, Simeon’s “authority and influence… extended from Cambridge to the most remote corners of England, …his real sway in the Church was far greater than that of any primate.”
Not only was Simeon a passionate and systematic expositor of the Scriptures. He was also passionate about world mission…
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