Mount Elvin Baptist Church – The Birthplace of Trinidad’s Baptist Faith


Mount Elvin Baptist Church sits quietly on a little knoll off Hindustan Highway on the outskirts of New Grant in southern Trinidad. It is an unpretentious church and however it can be regarded the epicenter of the Baptist faith in Trinidad and Tobago. churches in Raleigh was recognized in 1816 and the significance of that day has to do with the settlement of the “Merikens” in Trinidad in that yr.

In 1816 demobilized Africans who had served in the British Military in the course of the War of 1812 between the British and the Americans were settled in Trinidad in what arrived to be identified as the Firm Villages. According to A.B. Huggins in his book “the Saga of the Firms” the time period “Merikens” arose because these folks could not properly pronounce the letter A in American. John McNish Weiss in his paper “The Corps of Colonial Marines” says that these “Merikin” soldiers ended up slaves in the United states who had been promised their freedom if they fought for the British. Recruited by the British 1st in Maryland and Virginia and later in Ga, they have been a combating unit much praised for valor and discipline.

When the British Army firms remaining for home in England in April 1815, the six Black firms turned the third Battalion Colonial Marines, garrisoned in Bermuda on Ireland Island. They did garrison duty and labored as artisans and laborers in the building of the new Royal Naval Dockyard in Bermuda. When transfer to the West India Regiments was proposed the gentlemen turned down the idea. Their persistent intransigence lastly led the British government to offer you to area them in Trinidad as independent farmers. On accepting the provide they remaining Bermuda on fifteen July 1816.The initial group of 71 settled in Dunmore Hill and Mount Elvin whilst the 2nd team of 72 settled in Indian Stroll.

These were spiritual people who followed the Baptist faith practiced in the southern United States. Though there have been no clergymen amongst them there had been five men who had been described as Anabaptist preachers who held Sunday ceremonies. One particular of these gentlemen was acknowledged as Brother Will Hamilton. In 1808 the London Missionary Culture (Baptist) despatched employees to Guyana and Tobago and in 1809 a single of them, Thomas Adam, relocated to Trinidad. He and later on Reverend George Cowen even though functioning on the institution of St John’s Baptist Church in Port of Spain Trinidad also gave help to these African-American ex-slaves who had been training a model of the Baptist religion. In time, the similarities of the faith led to the adoption of the missionaries’ edition of the Baptist religion that arrived to be known as in Trinidad, London Baptist.

Above time even so, according to Ashram Stapleton in his book “The Delivery and Progress of the Baptist Church in Trinidad and Tobago”, there designed a schism as some people in the church desired certain African methods included and the London Missionary Culture frowned on those procedures. At some point these folks remaining the church and were initial known as the “Disobedient Baptists” and last but not least the Spiritual or Shouter Baptist. Other variations inside of the London Baptists then led to further variations of the Baptist religion with the improvement of the Independent Baptists and the Elementary Baptists.

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