William Perkins (1558-1602)


Often regarded as one of the fathers of Puritanism. Perkins was recognized during his life for his pastoral ministry and scholarship. Born in Warwickshire, England, he studied at Christ’s College, Cambridge, where he later became a fellow and tutor while beginning his preaching ministry to prisoners. He was quickly appointed rector of St. Andrew’s Church, where he remained the rest of his life. Perkins wrote several biblical commentaries and many influential works on preaching, predestination and ethics, which influenced some of the leading Puritans of the seventeenth century, including William Ames, Thomas Goodwin and James Ussher.

(from Pocket Dictionary of the Reformed Tradition)


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