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NameThomas Goodwin
DenominationDissenter - Congregationalist
Livedb. 1600-10-05 - d. 1679-02-23 (new)
Linked Manuscripts
Linked SermonsSermon 1 on Psalms 90:16-17 -- preacher (autograph: no)Sermon 2 on Psalms 90:16-17 -- preacher (autograph: no)Sermon on 1 Peter 5:9-10 -- preacher (autograph: no)Sermon on 2 Timothy 2:19 -- preacher (autograph: no)Sermon on Colossians 1:15 -- preacher (autograph: uncertain)Sermon on Hebrews 10:31 -- preacher? (autograph: no)
Linked Reports
Associated PlacesAll Hallows Lombard Street -- ParishArnhem -- ParishHoly Trinity -- ParishSt Andrew the Great -- ParishSt Bartholomew-the-Great -- ParishChrist's College -- Place of StudySt Catharine's College (Katharine Hall) -- Place of StudyMagdalen College -- Post
Source of DataLucy Busfield; David Robinson
Biographical Sources ConsultedAO (Foster); ODNB (Article: 10996); CCEd (Person ID: 140938)
Other NoteBorn 5 October 1600 in Rollesby, Norfolk to merchant parents Richard and Katherine Goodwyn. Matriculated from Christ's College, Cambridge in 1614. BA in 1616/7 and MA from St Catherine's College in 1620. Fellow of St Catherine's in 1620. BD in 1630 and DD by diploma from Oxford in 1653. Ordained deacon 2 March 1622/3, he was first preacher and then curate at St Andrew the Great, Cambridge. Lecturer of Trinity Church Cambridge, 1628-1632 when he became vicar there. He resigned this post in 1633, apparently influenced by John Cotton and not wanting to read the Book of Sports. Resigned his fellowship in 1638 to marry Elizabeth Prescott, coheir to the London alderman and goldsmith Edward Prescott. They had one daughter, Elizabeth. In November of that year, they left England for Holland where Goodwin became pastor of an English Church at Arnhem. While there, he implemented a congregationalist church order. Returned to London with members of his congregation in 1640. He continued to preach to them in St Dunstan-in-the-East parish. Preached several times before parliament and was a vocal member of the Westminster Assembly in 1643. He nearly left for New England in 1647, but was ultimately dissuaded and offered the vestry of All Hallows, Lombard Street for his congregation. Made Chaplain to the Council of State, 1649 and President of Magdalen College, Oxford by parliament the following year. Married a second time in 1649 to Mary Hammond, with whom he had two sons, Thomas and Richard, and two daughters, who died in infancy. One of the commissioners for approbation of preachers in 1654. Ejected in 1660 and moved to London where he was licensed in 1672 as a congregationalist. Died 23 February 1679/80. Goodwin was a prolific writer, having authored 15 different titles, many of which were printed in multiple editions and translated into Latin, German, and Dutch and were popular among continental Pietists.
GEMMS record createdJanuary 02, 2016
GEMMS record last editedJune 24, 2020