Gambold John

Gambold John, a pious bishop of the Moravians, was born April 10, 1711, at Puncheston, South Wales, and was educated at Christ Church, Oxford. In 1733 he became vicar of Stanton Harcourt, in Oxfordshire; but in 1742 he joined the Moravians, and was consecrated bishop in 1754. "And certainly few, in any age of the Church, ever possessed, in a higher degree, the spiritual qualifications which the apostle specified as distinguishing a good bishop — fervor of devotion, humility of mind, disinterestedness of spirit, a disposition to universal benevolence, and a willingness to undertake any labor, or submit to any privation, in order to promote the glory of God and the spiritual welfare of men. From the time of his consecration, he resided for ten years, performing all the duties of a primitive bishop over the Moravian congregation, in the metropolis, and at the same time maintaining an active oversight by correspondence with all the ministers of his communion throughout England." He died September 13, 1771. Among his writings are A Memoir of Count Zinzendorf: Doctrine and Discipline of the United Brethren: History of the Greenland Mission of the United Brethren: Hymns (1748): — Summary of Christian Doctrine (1767, 12mo). His Works were edited, with an introductory essay, by Thos. Erskine, Esq. (Glasg. 1822, 12mo). See Tyerman, Oxf. Methodists, pages 155-200.

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