William Bradford Institute
for Study of the
Early Settlement of America

Christopher Love

That ol' Welsh Preacher

Biographical Sketch:

Christopher Love was born in Cardiff, Wales in 1618. He was
converted at the age of 15 and attended New Inn Hall, Oxford,
against the wishes of his father, but supported by his minister and
mother. While at Oxford, Love was tutored by Dr. Christopher
Rogers, a man with Strong Puritan leanings.

Love pastored in London after several short stops along the way.
Before he assumed the pastorate of St. Lawrence Jewry in London,
Love catechized and taught theology to the children of the sheriff
of London. He married Mary Stone, the daughter of a London
merchant, whom he met while they were both employed by Sheriff
Warner. They had five children, two girls who died early in life,
and three boys, the last who was born a week after Love's death.
Love, a Presbyterian, obtained ordination in the Church of England
after much difficulty. He would have had it easily in Scotland, but
not without leaving England to live in Scotland, which he was loathe
to do.

Because of his political leanings and involvements, he was arrested
by Oliver Cromwell's forces for his alleged involvement with a plan
to raise money for the restoration of the monarchy, a charge Love
denied. He was arrested along with six other prominent ministers in
London (all Presbyterians, the venerable Thomas Watson being the
most noted), for treason. The rest were released after six months;
Love was beheaded on Tower Hill, London on August 22, 1651.
For a more detailed account of his life, read "A Spectacle unto
God: the Life and death of Christopher Love" by Don Kistler,
published by Soli Deo Gloria.


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