1834 – Charles Haddon Spurgeon, Victorian England’s best-known Baptist minister, was born on June 19th in Kelvedon, Essex and spent his childhood and early teenage years in Stambourne, Colchester, and Newmarket.
1850 – His lack of a college degree was no hindrance to his remarkable preaching career, which began, when he was only fifteen years old.
1853 – Spurgeon’s reputation as a preacher caught the attention of New Park Street, London’s largest Baptist church. He was invited to preach there in December and, following a brief probationary period, he agreed to move to London and become the church’s new pastor.
1856 – He married Susannah Thompson; their only children, twin sons Thomas and Charles.
1857 – Spurgeon’s work in London was not limited to preaching and sermon-publishing. He also served as president of the Pastors’ College, which he founded.
1867-1879 – He established the Stockwell Orphanage, which opened for boys and girls; and oversaw evangelistic and charitable enterprises such as almshouses, organizations for distributing food and clothing to the poor, and a book fund for needy ministers.
1890 – Spurgeon published scores of religious books in addition to his sermons; the most significant works include Lectures to My Students, a collection of talks delivered to the students of his Pastors’ College, and the 7-volume Treasury of David, a best-selling devotional commentary on the Psalms.
1891 – He preached his final sermon at the Metropolitan Tabernacle on June 7th.
1892 – He died in France on January 31st; on February 9th, over 60,000 people filed past his casket in the Tabernacle. He was buried at Norwood Cemetery on February 11th.