Nathan A. Finn

Historian, Theologian, Teacher, Preacher



June 2011



On Charles Simeon

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One of my all-time favorite pastors is Charles Simeon, the longtime rector of Holy Trinity Church in Cambridge. Simeon was a leader in the Evangelical wing of the Anglican Church and was the most notable expositional preacher of his era. He ministered in a university context, where he mentored many future pastors. Simeon was a champion of orthodox theology and a devoted advocate of foreign missions. He is a worthy past role model for seminarians and young pastors to study.

If you want to learn more about Simeon, the place to start is the Charles Simeon website sponsored by Taylor University. There you’ll find all kinds of helpful resources, including a bibliography of works by and about Simeon. An excellent brief account of Simeon’s life and ministry is available on the Simeon Trust website. The Simeon Trust is a fine ministry devoted to equipping pastors to become better expositional preachers. In 1989, John Piper gave a biographical address on Simeon titled “Brothers, We Must Not Mind a Little Suffering.” You can listen to Piper’s address at the Desiring God website or read the published version in Piper’s The Roots of Endurance: Invincible Perseverance in the Lives of John Newton, Charles Simeon, and William Wilberforce (Crossway, 2006). For a wonderful book-length biography of Simeon, I’d highly recommend Hugh Evan Hopkins, Charles Simeon of Cambridge (Eerdmans, 1977), which is regrettably out of print, though used copies are readily available via the internet.