Peck, John

Peck, John a Baptist minister, was born in Stanford, Dutchess County, N.Y., Sept. 11, 1780. His early education was limited. He began preaching as a licentiate in 1800 at Norwich and Sherburne, N.Y., and in 1804 became pastor of the First Baptist Church in Cazenovia, N.Y., where he was ordained June 11, 1806, and remained until November, 1834, during which time he had the satisfaction of witnessing several revivals among his congregation. He had been appointed general agent of the Baptist Missionary Convention in 1824, and after resigning his pastoral charge he devoted himself entirely to that institution. In May, 1839, he was appointed general agent of the Baptist Home Mission Association. He traveled extensively in that connection, and his services proved very valuable. He continued to preach whenever opportunity presented until his death, Dec. 15, 1849. Mr. Peck was associate editor of a religious periodical called The Vehicle, and afterwards of The Western Baptist Magazine, which was commenced in 1814, and some twelve years after merged in The New York Baptist Register. in 1837, in connection with the Rev. John Lawton, he published A Historical Sketch of the Baptist Missionary Convention of the State of New York, etc. He also published a Scriptural Catechism, and two Discourses in 1845. See Sprague, Annals of the Amer. Pulpit, 6:431.

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