Mr. Henry Homes
On of the founding members of Park Street Church, Henry Homes was born in Boston on October 3, 1776. Becoming a wealthy hardware merchant in the firm Homes, Homer, & Bonner, the foundational meetings of the National Domestic Missionary Society were held in his home in 1826. He passed that passion on to his son, Henry Augustus Homes, who became a missionary in Constantinople from 1836-1850, later being named as the librarian of the New York State Library. The senior Mr. Homes was the only non-Baptist founder of the Evangelical Tract Society and died in 1845.
In the 1848 book The Aristocracy of Boston, the author writes of Henry Homes: “Mr. Homes was an orthodox congregationalist, of most extensive Christian benevolence. His charities and kindness always ready, and liberally in amount for every good object.”