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

Mount Elvin Baptist Church sits quietly on a minor knoll off Hindustan Highway on the outskirts of New Grant in southern Trinidad. It is an unpretentious church and but it can be deemed the epicenter of the Baptist religion in Trinidad and Tobago. This church was recognized in 1816 and the importance of that date has to do with the settlement of the “Merikens” in Trinidad in that yr.

In 1816 demobilized Africans who had served in the British Army in the course of the War of 1812 among the British and the Americans were settled in Trinidad in what came to be recognized as the Company Villages. According to A.B. Huggins in his ebook “the Saga of the Firms” the term “Merikens” arose since these folks could not appropriately pronounce the letter A in American. churches in Raleigh in his paper “The Corps of Colonial Marines” claims that these “Merikin” soldiers were slaves in the United states of america who were promised their liberty if they fought for the British. Recruited by the British initial in Maryland and Virginia and later on in Georgia, they ended up a combating device much praised for valor and self-control.

When the British Army businesses still left for property in England in April 1815, the six Black businesses became the third Battalion Colonial Marines, garrisoned in Bermuda on Ireland Island. They did garrison duty and labored as artisans and laborers in the constructing of the new Royal Naval Dockyard in Bermuda. When transfer to the West India Regiments was proposed the males rejected the concept. Their persistent intransigence finally led the British government to offer to area them in Trinidad as independent farmers. On accepting the supply they still left Bermuda on 15 July 1816.The very first team of seventy one settled in Dunmore Hill and Mount Elvin while the next team of seventy two settled in Indian Walk.

These had been spiritual folks who adopted the Baptist faith practiced in the southern United States. Though there were no clergymen among them there ended up five gentlemen who have been described as Anabaptist preachers who held Sunday ceremonies. 1 of these gentlemen was recognized as Brother Will Hamilton. In 1808 the London Missionary Modern society (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 whilst doing work on the institution of St John’s Baptist Church in Port of Spain Trinidad also gave guidance to these African-American ex-slaves who were practising a variation of the Baptist religion. In time, the similarities of the religion led to the adoption of the missionaries’ variation of the Baptist religion that came to be named in Trinidad, London Baptist.

Above time nonetheless, according to Ashram Stapleton in his guide “The Delivery and Progress of the Baptist Church in Trinidad and Tobago”, there produced a schism as some folks in the church needed certain African procedures included and the London Missionary Modern society frowned on people techniques. Sooner or later these folks left the church and were first called the “Disobedient Baptists” and lastly the Non secular or Shouter Baptist. Other distinctions within the London Baptists then led to even more variants of the Baptist religion with the improvement of the Independent Baptists and the Fundamental Baptists.

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