(1721–1808) Few Moravian missionaries suffered more in their labors for Christ than did this native Zauchtenthal. For 62 years he devoted himself to the native Americans, sharing in all of the uncertainties that beset their fragile existence during the time of territorial expansion and the Revolutionary War. Zeisberger’s parents fled persecution in Moravia and found refuge at Herrnhut when he…

After about two years of worship at Brampton, Rev. Thomas Burton, an elderly Baptist preacher, and Rev. Abraham Marshall visited this little slave church and gave them two certificates. The first certificate constituted this little plantation mission an official Christian church and read as follows: This is to certify that upon examination into the experiences and characters of a number…

On some plantations, the laws restricting the open evangelistic strides of black preachers were gradually ignored by generous or kindhearted masters. The pulpit vitality of certain black preachers or “exhorters” was so potent that white Baptist churches were no longer able to contain them. Hence, the emergence of independent black Baptist churches gradually appeared on the scene of American Christianity….