Metropolitan Tabernacle (Pastors) and Auckland Baptist Tabernacle

1886 Auckland Baptist Tabernacle 

The article above is about the Tabernacle which is most interested.

Thomas Spurgeon son of Charles Spuregon was the pastor of the Baptist Tabernacle and then took his father’s church

Thomas Spurgeon (20 September 1856 – 17 October 1917) was a British Reformed Baptist preacher of the Metropolitan Tabernacle, one of two non-identical twin sons of the famous Charles Haddon Spurgeon (1834-1892).

Thomas and his twin brother were born a month before the tragedy at the Royal Surrey Gardens Music Hall of 19 October 1856 while their father was preaching. Their mother, Susannah became an invalid at the age of 33 while the boys were still in their teens.

After serving some time to an engraver, Thomas Spurgeon, like his brother Charles, decided to give his life to preaching the gospel. But his health prevented him from remaining in England. While he was still young he sailed to Australia, and spent one year in evangelistic labors there. After his return to England it was decided that he must return to a better climate for his health. During the early 1880s he preached in many places in Australia, as well as in New Zealand ; and finally he decided to accept the pastorate of a Baptist church in Auckland, the Auckland Baptist Tabernacle, where his influence was already becoming widely felt.[1]

Thomas returned to England after the death of his father and succeeded him in his pulpit ministry after a brief period under Arthur Tappan Pierson. During Thomas’ fifteen-year pastorate, the Tabernacle burned in 1898 and was rebuilt along similar lines. His brother Charles was pastor of the Greenwich Baptist Church.

The front design of the Temple Baptist Church of Powell, TN is fashioned like the Metropolitan Tabernacle. Their pastor Dr. Clarence Sexton is an avid admirer of Charles Haddon Spurgeon.

The Metropolitan Tabernacle is a large Independent Reformed Baptist church in the Elephant and Castle in London. It was the largest non-conformist church of its day in 1861. The Tabernacle Fellowship have been worshipping together since 1650, soon after the sailing of the Pilgrim Fathers. Its first pastor was William Rider, and many notable others have filled the position since, including Benjamin Keach, Dr. John Gill, Dr. John Rippon, and C. H. Spurgeon. The Tabernacle still worships and holds to its Biblical foundations and principles under its present pastor, Dr. Peter Masters.

Pastors both past & present

  • William Rider, c1653–c1665 (12 years)
  • Benjamin Keach, 1668–1704 (36 years)
  • Benjamin Stinton, 1704–1718 (14 years)
  • Dr. John Gill, 1720–1771 (51 years)
  • John Gill (23 November 1697 – 14 October 1771) was an English Baptist pastor, biblical scholar, and theologian who held to a firm Calvinistic soteriology. Born in Kettering, Northamptonshire, he attended Kettering Grammar School where he mastered the Latin classics and learned Greek by age 11. He continued self-study in everything from logic to Hebrew, his love for the latter remaining throughout his life.
  • Dr. John Rippon, 1773–1836 (63 years)
    John Rippon (29 April 1751 – 17 December 1836) was an English Baptist minister and in 1787 published an important hymnal, A Selection of Hymns from the Best Authors, Intended to Be an Appendix to Dr. Watts’ Psalms and Hymns, commonly known as Rippon’s Selection, which was very successful, and was reprinted 27 times in over 200,000 copies. Many hymns originally published in Rippon’s Selection are preserved in the Sacred Harp.

    At the age of 17, Rippon attended Bristol Baptist College in Bristol, England. After the death of John Gill, he assumed Gill’s pastorate, the Baptist meeting-house in Carter Lane, Tooley Street, which moved in 1833 to the New Park Street Chapel in London, from 1773 at the age of 20 until his death, a period of 63 years. He also edited the Baptist Annual Register for 12 years. He was considered the foremost authority on the hymns of Isaac Watts. Rippon’s church was later pastored by Charles Haddon Spurgeon before moving to the Metropolitan Tabernacle at Elephant and Castle in Southwark. Rippon’s Selection of hymns were used by the congregation until 1866 when Spurgeon produced an update called “Our Own Hymn Book” which borrowed much from Rippon and Watts.[citation needed]

    At the time of his death, he was working on a book commemorating those buried in London’s Dissenter cemetery, Bunhill Fields, where he himself was buried.[

  • Joseph Angus, 1837–1839 (2 years)
  • James Smith, 1841–1850 (8 ½ years)
  • William Walters, 1851–1853 (2 years)
  • Charles Spurgeon, 1854–1892 (38 years)
  • Arthur Tappan Pierson, 1891–1893 (Pulpit Supply Only, not installed as a Pastor – 2 years)
  • Thomas Spurgeon, 1893–1908 (15 years)
  • Archibald G. Brown, 1908–1911 (3 years)
  • Dr. Amzi Clarence Dixon, 1911–1919 (8 years)
  • Harry Tydeman Chilvers, 1919–1935 (15 ½ years)
  • Dr. W Graham Scroggie, 1938–1943 (5 years)
  • W G Channon, 1944–1949 (5 years)
  • Gerald B Griffiths, 1951–1954 (3 years)
  • Eric W Hayden, 1956–1962 (6 years)
  • Dennis Pascoe, 1963–1969 (6 years)

Dr. Peter Masters, 1970–present






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