Charles Haddon Spurgeon (1834-1892) - The Great Orator
Charles Haddon Spurgeon was born in 1834 in England, at Kelvedon (a small village in Essex).
He was raised in a Christian family and he joined the Baptist church in 1850 and he became a pastor at the age of 20.
It is notable that he never attended theological college.
He was an inspiring preacher. He preached to huge crowds in London and his church congregation grew rapidly. In 1859 work started on a new church to be called the Metropolitan Tabernacle. It provided seating for 6,000 people and he preached there for over forty years.
Spurgeon was also a prolific author.
In addition to producing a monthly church magazine, he distributed a wide range of sermons and tracts.
He set up a Pastors college, Sunday schools, orphanages and started a number of churches. Spurgeon was a Calvinist. He believed that the Bible was the Word of God, and he preached what he believed.
He was eventually forced out of the Baptist Union because they adopted incorrect doctrine that he opposed vociferously. Spurgeon died in 1892.