Lemuel Haynes

February 24, 2014 | by Pastor Jim Harrison

Following yesterday’s biographical sketch of Lemuel Haynes, several people asked for resources which would allow them to learn more about this faithful pastor.  Below, you will find links to a number of readily available sources.

Some have asked, as well, for the text of Haynes’ sermon, “Universal Salvation: A Very Ancient Doctrine”.   Thabiti Anyabwile has been gracious enough to provide me with pdf images of the full, published text of that sermon which I will transcribe, and then post here, along with the text of a letter from Haynes, responding directly to Hosea Ballou, the Universalist preacher who occasioned the “Universal Salvation” sermon.  Below is an image of the first page of that sermon as it was published, who knows how long ago.


I am also in the process of obtaining some more hard to get resources which may shed further light upon some of the questions I continue to have regarding his life and ministry.  As I am able, I’ll post additional information here.


Further Resources for Information Concerning Lemuel Haynes

The Faithful Preacher (Foreword by John Piper): Recapturing the Vision of Three Pioneering African-American Pastors, by Thabiti Anyabwile   (This is also available in Kindle format)

Sketches of the Life and Character of the Rev. Lemuel Haynes, for Many Years Pastor of a Church in Rutland, and Late in Granville, New York, by Timothy Mather Cooley   (Sketches… is also available in various ebook formats at archive.org)

Black Puritan, Black Republican: The Life and Thought of Lemuel Haynes, 1753-1833 (Religion in America Life), by John Saillant  (I’m listing this book because it is available if one wants to find it.  However, both new and used versions are probably cost prohibitive for those with merely a passing interest)

May We Meet in the Heavenly World: The Piety of Lemuel Haynes – Profiles in Reformed Spirituality, Edited and Introduced by Thabiti Anyabwile  (This short book provides both a biographical profile of Haynes, and selections from his writings)



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