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Thomas Adam (1701-84)

Thomas Adam was born in Leeds, the son of the town clerk. He was educated at Wakefield and Hart Hall, Oxford. Adam was ordained in 1724 and became Rector of the parish of Winteringham, Lincolshire.

Adam experienced an evangelical conversion in 1748. He went on to exercise a major influence over the Evangelical movement within the Church of England, especially after the publication of his Lectures on the Church Catechism in 1753. He was a particularly close friend of fellow Anglican evangelical Samuel Walker of Truro.

As a staunch Anglican, Adam was resolutely opposed to what he regarded as the irregularities of Methodism.

Source: Encyclopedia of World Methodism (1974), Kenneth Hylson Smith, Evangelicals in the Church of England 1734-1984 (1988), pp.29-30 and Dictionary of Evangelical Biography 1739-1860, edited by Donald M. Lewis (1995)

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