Countess of Huntingdon's Connexion

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Selina Hastings, Countess of Huntington

The Countess of Huntingdon's Connexion is a small society of evangelical churches, founded in 1783 by Selina Hastings, Countess of Huntingdon, as a result of the Evangelical Revival. For many years it was strongly associated with the Calvinist Methodist movement of George Whitefield.[1]


John Marrant (1755–1791), an African American, became an ordained minister with the Connexion. In Canada in the 1850s, Thomas Molson built a church for the Connexion group near his brewery in Montreal, but it was poorly attended and soon became used instead as a military barracks.[2]

The Connexion gave strong support to the Calvinistic Methodist movement in Wales in the 18th and early 19th centuries, including the foundation of a theological college at Trefeca in 1760.[3]



Today the Connexion has 22 congregations in England and some in Sierra Leone.[4][5] Of the UK churches, seven normally have full-time pastors: Eastbourne, Ely, Goring, Rosedale, St. Ives, Turners Hill and Ebley. Total regular attendance at all churches is approximately 1,000 adults and children.

Church Location Founded Link Minister
Bells Yew Green Chapel Bells Yew Green, Kent
Bolney Village Chapel Bolney, West Sussex [1] Simon Allaby
Broad Oak Chapel Broad Oak, Kent 1867
Copthorne Chapel Copthorne, West Sussex 1822 [2]
Cradley Chapel Cradley, Herefordshire 1823 Ken Hart
South Street Free Church Eastbourne, East Sussex 1897 [3] David Batchelor
Ebley Chapel Ebley, Stroud, Gloucestershire [4]
Countess Free Church, Ely Ely, Cambridgeshire 1785 [5] Karl Relton
New Connexions Free Church, Ely Ely, Cambridgeshire [6] Keith Waters
Goring Free Church Goring-on-Thames, Berkshire 1788 [7] Nigel Gordon-Potts
Hailsham Gospel Mission Hailsham, East Sussex
St Stephen's Church, Middleton Middleton, Greater Manchester
Mortimer West End Chapel Mortimer West End, Hampshire [8]
Rosedale Community Church Cheshunt, Hertfordshire [9] Bethany Green
Sheppey Evangelical Church Leysdown-on-Sea, Kent [10] Joe Gregory
Shoreham Free Church Shoreham-by-Sea, West Sussex [11]
Slough Community Church Slough, Berkshire [12]
Zion Community Church St Ives St Ives, Cornwall Tim Dennick
Turners Hill Free Church Turners Hill, West Sussex [13] Geoff Chapman
Ote Hall Chapel Wivelsfield, East Sussex
Woodmancote Evangelical Free Church Woodmancote, Gloucestershire [14] Andrew Hiscock
Wormley Free Church Wormley, Hertfordshire 1834 [15] Ben Quant

No longer active[edit]

Connexion churches were formerly active in:


  1. ^ Wikisource-logo.svg Herbermann, Charles, ed. (1913). "Methodism" . Catholic Encyclopedia. New York: Robert Appleton Company.
  2. ^ Montreal Gazette, 15 February 1986. Retrieved 5 January 2019.
  3. ^ The Gospel Coalition Retrieved 20 May 2017.
  4. ^ There were said to be 16 congregations in Sierra Leone in 2003.Retrieved 30 January 2019.
  5. ^ "Connexion Network". Retrieved 30 January 2019.
  6. ^ "Bodmin". The Cornishman (81). 29 January 1880.
  7. ^ "North Street: The Countess of Huntingdon's Church, by Jennifer Drury". 24 August 2012. Retrieved 15 January 2013.
  8. ^ A Vision of Britain through Time. Retrieved 1 October 2014.
  9. ^ "St Mark, Preston- Lady Huntingdons Connexion". 2 April 2012. Retrieved 2 March 2013.
  10. ^ Sherwood, Jennifer; Pevsner, Nikolaus (1974). Oxfordshire. The Buildings of England. Harmondsworth: Penguin Books. p. 774. ISBN 0-14-071045-0.
  11. ^ "Oxfordshire Churches & Chapels website: South Stoke". Archived from the original on 20 February 2012. Retrieved 6 June 2012.
  12. ^ Huntingdon Hall, part of Worcester Live charitable trust

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