Countess of Huntingdon's Connexion

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


John Marrant (1755–1791), an African American, became an ordained minister with the Connexion. In the 1850s, John Molson built a church for the Connexion group near his brewery in Montreal, but it was poorly attended and soon became used instead as a military barracks.[2]

The Connexion gave strong support to the Calvinistic Methodist movement in Wales in the 18th and early 19th centuries, including the foundation of a theological college at Trefeca in 1760.[3]

Present extent

Today the Connexion 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 regular attendance at all churches is approximately 1,000 adults and children.[4]



The Connexion has churches at present in:

No longer active

Connexion churches were formerly active in:


  1. ^ Wikisource-logo.svg Herbermann, Charles, ed. (1913). "Methodism". Catholic Encyclopedia. New York: Robert Appleton Company. 
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  3. ^ The Gospel Coalition Retrieved 20 May 2017.
  4. ^ "Today's Churches". Countess Of Huntingdons Connexion. Retrieved 28 January 2013. 
  5. ^ "Bodmin". The Cornishman (81). 29 January 1880. 
  6. ^ "North Street: The Countess of Huntingdon's Church, by Jennifer Drury". 24 August 2012. Retrieved 15 January 2013. 
  7. ^ A Vision of Britain through Time. Retrieved 1 October 2014.
  8. ^ "St Mark, Preston- Lady Huntingdons Connexion". 2 April 2012. Retrieved 2 March 2013. 
  9. ^ Sherwood, Jennifer; Pevsner, Nikolaus (1974). Oxfordshire. The Buildings of England. Harmondsworth: Penguin Books. p. 774. ISBN 0-14-071045-0. 
  10. ^ "Oxfordshire Churches & Chapels website: South Stoke". Retrieved 2012-06-06. 
  11. ^ Huntingdon Hall, part of Worcester Live charitable trust

External links

  • Countess of Huntingdon's Connexion – official website
  • Countess of Huntingdon Connexion History – South Street Free Evangelical Church
  • New Connexions– New Connexions Group of Churches
  • G.W. Kirby (1972), The Elect Lady
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