Richard Rawlin (1687-1757)He was a Calvinist Puritan minister, theologian, and Independent Preacher.
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Biography of Richard Rawlin (1687-1757):
Little is known of Richard Rawlin. He lived just prior to a time of where the influence of Arianism would take place, and he was counted among the learned and godly nonconformist and Presbyterian ministers who flourished in various parts of England. He was amidst the Independent sectarians of the day, a minister of reputation, who was one of the six preachers of the Merchants’ lecture at Pinner’s-hall. He was born in 1687, was son of Richard Rawlin, successively independent minister at Linton, Cambridgeshire. Rawlin was trained for the ministry by William Payne, independent minister of Saffron Walden, Essex, and tutored by John Guyse. After his conversion to Christianity, though he grew up under in a puritan home, his first ministerial position was as a chaplain to Andrew Warner of Badmondisfield Hall, Suffolk, where he ministered to the congregation founded by Samuel Cradock, which met in a barn on Warner’s estate. On November 5, 1716 he was chosen pastor of the independent church at Bishop’s Stortford, Hertfordshire. His congregation is reported to have over six hundred attendees. In 1730 he left to move to London as successor to Thomas Tingey (who died November 1, 1729) in the pastorate of the independent church in Fetter Lane. His appointment took place on June 24th, when the historian and puritan Daniel Neal preached a sermon, which was published for the event. The old meeting-house became too small, and a new one was built in 1732 on the opposite side of Fetter Lane. In 1738 Rawlin succeeded Robert Bragge the younger as one of the six lecturers on Tuesday mornings at Pinners’ Hall. Rawlin died on December 15, 1757, and was buried in a family vault in Bunhill Fields, the famous cemetery for many great puritans. John Guyse preached his funeral sermon, but it was not printed.