Atkinson, Christopher an English Methodist preacher, was born at Sheffield, Dec. 24, 1782. He was brought up in the Church of England, but was converted at a Methodist revival when quite young. He joined the New Connection soon - after it was formed, and became a useful local preacher. He entered their ministry in 1807, and continued his labors with acceptance and success for forty-nine years. Age and weakness made him a supernumerary in 1855, when he settled at Hunslet, Leeds, and for eleven years labored. as he had strength. He was pious, humorous, earnest, useful, and died in peace, May 15, 1866., See Minutes of the Conference; Tyerman, Oxford Methodists, p. 371.