Krebs, John Michael, Dd

Krebs, John Michael, D.D., a noted Presbyterian minister, was born in Hagerstown, Md., May 6, 1804, and was converted at the age of nineteen. He entered Dickinson College in 1825, and after graduation in 1827 with the highest honors of his class, studied theology, and was licensed by Carlisle (Pa.) Presbytery in 1829. Shortly after he became the pastor of Rutgers Street Church, New York City, which he served until his death, Sept. 30,1867. Though one of the ablest and most prominent ministers of the Presbyterian Church, Dr. Krebs published only a few occasional sermons, besides several contributions to the periodicals of his Church (for which see Allibone, Dict. Engl. and Amer. Authors, ii, 1016), and to Sprague's Annals of the American Pulpit. " He was a man of rare gifts, and of still more rare and varied acquirements, being learned not only in theology, but in the whole range of the sciences; and his learning was all made to bear upon the work to which he had devoted his life, that of the Gospel ministry. He was eminent as a preacher of the (gospel, and still more eminent in the councils of the Church, having no equal in the knowledge of ecclesiastical law, and in his acquaintance with the ecclesiastical history of the denomination to which be belonged." He was honored with the appointment of chairman of the Committee on the Reunion of the Presbyterian Church, and had previously held other offices of distinction in the councils of his denomination. See Wilson, Presb. Historical Almanac, 1868, p. 100 sq.

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