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Cephas Barker (1818-81)

Cephas Barker was born in Chatham, Kent. He was converted as a teenager and entered the Bible Christian ministry in 1838. In 1856 he was sent by the Conference to investigate the worrying state of the Church on Prince Edward Island, Canada. He remained on the island for nine years as Superintendent Minister, during which time there was a dramatic increase in membership. In 1865 he moved to Ontario and served as President of the Canadian Conference in 1864-65 and 1868. In addition to pastoral duties he filled a large number of Connexional positions and this heavy load of responsibility probably contributed to his sudden death, which occurred in London, Ontario.

Source: Oliver Beckerlegge, United Methodist Ministers and their Circuits 1797-1932 (1968), and F. W. Bourne, The Bible Christians Their Origin and History 1815-1900 (1905), pp.362-364,514

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