Countess of Huntingdon's Connexion

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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 the 1850s, John 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 21 congregations in England and some in Sierra Leone. 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.[4]

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] John Green
Sheppey Evangelical Church Leysdown-on-Sea, Kent [10] Joe Gregory
Shoreham Free Church Shoreham-by-Sea, West Sussex [11]
Zion Community Church St Ives St Ives, Cornwall Tim Dennick
Turners Hill Free Church Turners Hill, West Sussex [12] Geoff Chapman
Ote Hall Chapel Wivelsfield, East Sussex
Woodmancote Evangelical Free Church Woodmancote, Gloucestershire [13] Andrew Hiscock
Wormley Free Church Wormley, Hertfordshire 1834 [14] 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No longer active[edit]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.
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  3. ^ The Gospel Coalition Retrieved 20 May 2017.
  4. ^ "Today's Churches". Countess Of Huntingdons Connexion. Retrieved 28 January 2013.
  5. ^ "Bodmin". The Cornishman (81). 29 January 1880.
  6. ^ "North Street: The Countess of Huntingdon's Church, by Jennifer Drury". 24 August 2012. Retrieved 15 January 2013.
  7. ^ A Vision of Britain through Time. Retrieved 1 October 2014.
  8. ^ "St Mark, Preston- Lady Huntingdons Connexion". 2 April 2012. Retrieved 2 March 2013.
  9. ^ Sherwood, Jennifer; Pevsner, Nikolaus (1974). Oxfordshire. The Buildings of England. Harmondsworth: Penguin Books. p. 774. ISBN 0-14-071045-0.
  10. ^ "Oxfordshire Churches & Chapels website: South Stoke". Archived from the original on 20 February 2012. Retrieved 6 June 2012.
  11. ^ Huntingdon Hall, part of Worcester Live charitable trust

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