Brethren Archive
The Year 2008

Notes on the Early History of Brethren Assemblies in British Guyana

by Edwin Cross

Jonathan said ...
I remember Mr Sewell visiting our house at least once at some time in the mid-seventies. He probably would have been late seventies himself at that time. My father was in the Royal Navy from 1945 - 1960s, so I wonder if he had come across him on his travels...
Sunday, Apr 23, 2017 : 16:40
Tom said ...
It has come to my attention, their are a couple of inaccuracies in Edwin's notes above. Firstly he was converted at Oxford rather than in the West Indies, and secondly the fact that his discovery of Brethren principles was in 1837 not 1827.

For anyone interested in reading more about this subject, a ten page article in the Christian Brethren Review of 1983, 'Leonard Strong: The Motives and experiences of Early Missionary Work in British Guiana.' is available here;

More recently, Timothy Stunt has written in "The Elusive Quest of the Spiritual Malcontent" an extended essay (20 pages) 'From Wandsworth to British Guiana: The Strong Family Saga' in which he has uses the numerous letters written by Leonard Strong from Guiana, which have been preserved in the CMS Archives. This provides a great deal more detail than the earlier essay, but the earlier essay does contain some details of other brethren missionaries in Guiana which are not included in the later one.

A preview of the second essay can be seen on Google Books;

Sunday, Apr 23, 2017 : 22:00
Gilbert Nurse said ...
My Grandfather was a member of the early Church at Demerara Guyana That Church is now being treaten by Government need Help as from March 2022 let all get together to help

Saturday, Apr 9, 2022 : 04:22
Dr. Yasmin Coddett Amico said ...
My maternal great great grandmother, Alice Isabella Holder Roach was a staunch member of the Brethren Church. So, anything connected to this Christian denomination in British Guiana is of interest to me. It is a vital part of my maternal family history.

My great great grandfather was a Scottish Overseer named Mc Intosh. I am not sure whether he was a member of the church as well.

I am interested in the church records from Essequibo and Demerara. How can I get access to these records? Thanks.


Dr. Amico
Friday, Mar 17, 2023 : 14:38
Gilbert Nurse said ...
Dr Amico feel free to contact me at any time I will share what I know email about. Our past history might have crossed at one time
Wednesday, Jun 28, 2023 : 08:46
Genevieve Ast said ...
I am interested to know, what, if any, connection there may have been between The Brethren of Guyana and the church's representation in New York City around 1935,
With thanks.
Saturday, Sep 9, 2023 : 23:52
David Chung said ...
My father was a staunch brethren elder of the Brethren Church, Camp Street, Georgetown, and the Reverend McClusky was the pastor. Any information on the history of the church from 1950 - 1960 would be period
Sunday, Oct 29, 2023 : 00:23
My father Geoff Easterbrook of Bristol was a missionary for the Brethren for about 8 years until about 1963. I vaguely remember Mr Sewell and Mr and Mrs Glover. I have many photos and his diary of that period. Is there any way of delving further?
Tuesday, Dec 19, 2023 : 23:43
David Chung said ...
My father was a staunch brethren member of the Camp Street Church. When he died his funeral was conducted by the church. I am interested in any church records of this church. Kind regards
David Chung (son of Vincent Percival Chung)
Saturday, Mar 23, 2024 : 18:18
Ann said ...
Shalom Brethren. Please check Bethel Gospel Hall, Camp Street, Brethren Facebook page. On Sunday 26, May, they celebrated 150 years. I can't say if it is up as yet.
Tuesday, May 28, 2024 : 21:34

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