John Byington

(1798-1887). Pioneer minister and first president of the General Conference. His father, Justus, was a soldier in the Revolutionary War, an itinerant Methodist Episcopal preacher, and later one of the founders of the Methodist Protestant Church, becoming an early president of its Vermont Conference. At 7 years of age John first came under the conviction of sin, and at 18 (1816) was converted. Because his mother was a woman of great diffidence, he conducted family worship when his father was absent. He became active in Methodist laity work, but at 21 years of age his health failed, and for three years he suffered depression. However, encouraged by prayer, he returned to his work, dividing his time between farming and preaching. Since he was actively antislavery in sentiment, and the leaders...

From the Seventh-day Adventist Encyclopedia. Published with permission from the Review and Herald Publishing Association.

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