Countess of Huntingdon's Connexion

The Countess of Huntingdon's Connexion is a small society of evangelical churches, founded in 1783 by Selina, Countess of Huntingdon as a result of the Evangelical Revival. For years it was strongly associated with the Calvinist Methodist movement of George Whitefield.[1]

John Marrant (1755–1791), an African American who became an ordained minister with the Connexion, was born in New York City and lived in the American South. There he had been a noted evangelist as a young man amongst the Cherokee Native Americans in South Carolina. After the American Revolution, Marrant was assigned in 1785 to the Black Loyalists of Nova Scotia; they were African-American former slaves who had been freed by the British after the Revolution and evacuated to safety. Many of these ethnic African Americans chose to leave Nova Scotia and resettle at the end of the 18th-century in Britain's new colony of Sierra Leone in West Africa. It was established as a place for black people from London, Nova Scotia and Jamaica.

In the 1850s John Molson built a church for the Connexion group near his brewery in Montreal. It was poorly attended and soon became used instead as a military barracks.[2]

Today the Connexion church has 21 congregations in England and some in Sierra Leone. Of the UK churches seven normally have full-time pastors: Eastbourne, Ely, Goring, Rosedale, St. Ives, Turners Hill and Ebley. Total attendance at all churches is approximately 1,000 adults and children.[3]



The Connexion has churches at present in:

No longer active

Connexion churches were formerly active in:


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  4. "Bodmin". The Cornishman (81). 29 January 1880.
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  6. A Vision of Britain through Time. Retrieved 1 October 2014.
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  8. Sherwood, Jennifer; Pevsner, Nikolaus (1974). Oxfordshire. The Buildings of England. Harmondsworth: Penguin Books. p. 774. ISBN 0-14-071045-0.
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