The very reason I posted the OP that I did was in response to a search I was doing and the subject came up.
On Thur eve, Mar 15 I had a very nice Church of Christ minister sitting in the livingroom talking to my mom, myself and 2 others of immersion baptism.
How this came to be is a long story for another day, but it was as he was questioning us, ( me primarily) and in his talking and explanations of things he was talking of Alexander Campbell and his leaving the "Presbyterian" church , over his disagreement of infant baptism among other things of disagreement.
I listened and my ears perked up at the mention of Presbyterian because I have been associated with the Presbyterian church all my life. This has been a paternal family thing for centuries.
( A little family history…
Francis Doughty (1616-1670) (MY direct blood line ancestor)
English American Presbyterian minister Was ordained a priest in the Church of England
. But he got into trouble referring improperly about Charles 1 and ended up migrating to America.
Long story short, he had pastored churches in Taunton and Cohasset MASS, where he got into trouble (again) and was persecuted on account of his beliefs regarding infant baptism.
He had preached that all children of baptized parents were children of Abraham and therefore ought to be baptized as well.
Then, moving south to Long Island and Maspath NY, he was granted power to erect a church and to exercise the Reformed Christian religion.
Finally, after much trouble from Indians in the area he made his way to Virginia
In VA he became known for “troublesome but unsuccessful witch-hunting proclivities.
William Gray Dixon called him the “Apostle of Presbyterianism in America”
(Somewhere I have a pic of his church in VA that they believe was his))
So I was anxious to look into this and found the OP topic mentioned.
I was anxious as I had family who became Presbyterian, due to how he came to understand infant baptism and was talking to and listening about someone who dropped out of being a Presbyterian for the very same reason.
Anyway... I found it interesting for sure that not only did Alexander break from the church, his father did also... and seemingly not
together, but they were separated and came to the same conclusions at the same time....
Now I am certain you ALL know this... but it was news to me.
Of further interest was Alexander came to PA. And when Alexander finally arrived in PA. it was here discovered his father had also seceded from the local presbytery!
Seems his dad had founded his own christian Association in Washington County, PA ... ( And this is my own back yard)
You can read more of their story here:http://www.christianitytoday.com/history/people/denominationalfounders/alexander-campbell.html
Anyway.... As it stands it would appear that this man is not the one who will be doing my immersion. He did not have a problem with my/our wishes for it to be private but was more concerned with if it would cause trouble because I/we were not going to join his CoC.
As he left he said he would talk to his elders. There are 3 and he had already talked to two of them, and he would get in touch with me.