Posted by pastor on Friday, 12 June 2009
Thomas Campbell was born in Country Down Ireland where Nancy and I were yesterday, in 1763. He was the son of a Church of England preacher, but joined a sessionist group (opposed to the hierarchy of the Church of England) which eventually became the Presbyterian Church. He graduated from the University of Glasgow and became a Presbyterian pastor, but couldn't raise a family on his meager salary so he opened a school and between the two jobs nearly worked himself to death. He came to the States in 1808 and his son Alexander (also educated here in Glasgow) joined him in 1809, but by then he'd got himself kicked out of the Presbyterian Church for trying to get warring factions of that church to sit down together at the Lord's table. He continued to preach unity and wrote the "Declaration and Address" which laid out the principles for the restoration/unity movement which Alexander, Barton Stone, John Smith, Walter Scott and others would lead into a major American religious phenomenon tied to the "second great awakening" with its spiritual fervor (and to our denomination- the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)). Our B&B is just around the corner from the University of Glasgow (pictured above) where one of many bronze statues portrays music education- a woman playing a mandolin.