Phoebe Hinsdale Brown was born in 1783 in Canaan, New York. Being left an orphan when only two years of age, her early life was one of want, hardship, and drudgery. At the age of nine she went to live with a relative who kept a county jail. “These were years of intense and cruel suffering,” wrote her son. “The tale of her early life is a narrative of such deprivations, toil, and cruel treatment as it breaks my heart to read.”
Reuben Archer (R. A.) Torrey (1856-1928) was a renowned Congregational evangelist and author. He was born in Hoboken, New Jersey and studied at Yale University.
Charles Haddon Spurgeon (1834-1892) was born in London, the son of a Congregational minister. He joined the Baptist church in 1850 after his conversion and began preaching immediately.
George Campbell Morgan (1863-1945) was born in Gloucestershire, England. He was ordained in the Congregational Church and began his ministry at churches in Birmingham and London. In 1883 he began working with Dwight L. Moody and Ira Sankey during a revival in Britain.
Robert Moffat (1795-1883) was a Scottish Congregationalist missionary to Africa. He was born to a poor family and spent his early years working as an estate gardener.
Adoniram Judson (1788-1850) was born near Malden, Massachusetts. He was the son of a Congregational minister. He graduated from Brown University and studied for a time at Andover Theological Seminary.
Jonathan Edwards (1703-1758) was an important figure in American church history. He was born in Connecticut to a renowned family of clergymen. He began reading Latin texts at the age of six and could read Greek and Hebrew by 13.
Timothy Dwight (1752-1817), a distinguished Congregational minister and educator, was born in Northampton, Massachusetts. His mother was the daughter of Jonathan Edwards.
Philip Dodderidge (1702-1751), one of the most distinguished Congregational ministers of the eighteenth century, was the youngest of 20 children.
Lyman Beecher (1775-1863) was born at New Haven, Connecticut, the descendant of one of the founders of the New Haven colony.