Founders of the Massachusetts Bible Society - 1809

The Massachusetts Bible Society began on July 6, 1809 and is an ecumenical, Christian organization dedicated to promoting Biblical literacy, understanding, and dialogue. This blog lists brief biographies of our founders who gathered in the Massachusetts State House Senate Chamber on that historic day to sign the Charter founding MBS. Please visit our website: www.massbible.org.

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Thursday, June 18, 2009

Rev. Samuel Gile

When fellow founder Joseph McKean left his Milton parish to become a Harvard Professor, Samuel Gile took over the parish and was ordained February 18, 1807.


Born on July 23, 1778, Rev. Gile graduated from Dartmouth College in 1804 and actually pastored two churches in Milton. First Parish was the church vacated by Joseph McKean, and is where Rev. Gile was serving when the Massachusetts Bible Society was founded. As the theological battles of the day raged on, however, Rev. Gile cast his lot with the evangelicals and left with a number of members of the First Parish congregation to form the First Evangelical Society in Milton in 1834. Rev. Gile died between the morning and afternoon services on Sunday, October 16, 1836. Fellow MBS founder and fellow evangelical John Codman preached his funeral sermon.

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