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Lower Merion Baptist Church
Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania



by Gavin Morton Walker, D.D.


PASTORS OF THE CHURCH
Horatio Gates Jones



 History
 Beginnings
 Creed
 Covenant
 Charles Thomson
 Horatio Gates Jones
 Gavin Morton Walker
 Meeting-House
 The Years Tell of Changes
 Rev. War Memorial
 Woodrow Wilson
The first pastor was Horatio Gates Jones D.D., 1808 to December 12, 1853. Horatio Gates Jones He was a son of David Jones, A.M., pastor of Great Valley Church, and a chaplain in the Revolutionary Army. Educated in Allison's Academy, Bordentown, N.J., he studied divinity under his father. His first pastorate was in Salem N.J., where he was ordained in 1802. In 1805 he settled on a farm in Roxborough Township, near the mouth of the Wissahickon, from whence he traveled to the Meeting House here. He received the degree of A.M. from Brown University, and Lewisburg (now Bucknell) conferred on him their first degree of D.D. He was president of the Board of Trustees of Haddington College and Chancellor of Lewisburg. He was one of the organizers of the Baptist Board of Foreign Missions (Triennial Convention) and also helped organize the Pennsylvania Baptist Convention (State Mission Society). He held many denominational offices, including the presidency of the Philadelphia Association Board of Trustees for twenty-four years. He mingled in politics and was a director and controller of the public schools. He held many positions of honor in Roxborough and was a director of the Bank of Germantown. Twice married, his first wife was Esther Righter and his second Deborah Levering.

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