Benjamin Keach

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Benjamin Keach
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Particular Baptist preacher
Born 29 February 1640
Buckinghamshire, England
Died 18 July 1704
London, England

Benjamin Keach (29 February 1640 – 18 July 1704) was a Particular Baptist preacher in London whose name was given to Keach's Catechism.[1]


Originally from Buckinghamshire, Keach worked as a tailor during his early years. He was baptized at the age of 15 and began preaching at 18. He was the minister of the congregation at Winslow before moving in 1668 to the church at Horse-lie-down, Southwark where he remained for 36 years as pastor (1668-1704). This congregation later became the New Park Street Church and then moved to the Metropolitan Tabernacle under the pastorship of Charles Spurgeon.

Benjamin Keach was pilloried for writing a catechism

It was as representative of this church that Keach went to the 1689 General Assembly and subscribed the 1689 London Baptist Confession of Faith. Keach was one of the seven men who sent out the invitation to the 1689 General Assembly. The signing of the confession was no mute doctrinal assent on the part of the church, for in the same year they entered into a Solemn Covenant which reflected, at the practical and congregational level, some of the doctrines of the confession. There was a secession from Horse-lie-down in 1673 and the Old Kent Road congregation was formed. Spurgeon later republished the 1689 London Baptist Confession of Faith for use in the congregation.

Keach wrote 43 works, of which his "Parables and Metaphors of Scripture" may be the best known. He wrote a work entitled "The Child's Instructor" which immediately brought him under persecution and he was fined and pilloried in 1664. He is attributed with the writing of a catechism commonly known as "Keach's Catechism", although it is most likely that the original was compiled by William Collins.

Keach is also known to have promoted the introduction of hymn singing in the Baptist churches.[2]

His church, Horslydown, was probably the first church in England to sing hymns, as opposed to psalms and paraphrases. Keach’s hymnbook, published in 1691, provoked heated debate in the 1692 Assembly of Particular Baptists.

Among his eschatological convictions, Keach anticipated a major revival amongst the Jews at the end of this age.[3]


  1. ^ Cathart (1881), p. 637-638
  2. ^ Benjamin Keach Biography from Spurgeon's Autobiography
  3. ^ Keach, Benjamin (1698). "The Display of Glorious Grace:The Covenant of Peace Opened: Sermon 1, Isaiah 54.10 Latter Part." (PDF). Published Sermons. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2015-04-01. Retrieved 2015-03-28. 
  • Brackney, William H. (2004). A Genetic History of Baptist Thought: With Special Reference to Baptists in Britain and North America. Macon, GA: Mercer University Press. pp. 33, 66-68, 74, 105, 116-117.
  • Cathart, William (1881). The Baptist Encyclopaedia. Philadelphia: Everts. 

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Religious titles
Preceded by
William Rider
Pastor of the Baptist Church at Horse-lie-down
Succeeded by
Benjamin Stinton