Back in May, Steve Weaver over at Credo Magazine’s Blog introduced us to John Gill as one of ten Baptists everyone should know. Recently, Weaver continued the series with a brief introduction to great Baptist statesman John L. Dagg.
John Leadley Dagg was born on February 14, 1794 in Middleburg, Virginia. He became the first Southern Baptist to write a systematic theology. He was a pastor, a school administrator and teacher in four different states. HisManual of Theology (1857) and Treatise on Church Order (1858) were published together in one volume in 1859 as a comprehensive systematic theology and ecclesiology. This volume was used as a textbook by colleges and seminaries during his lifetime and beyond.
Dagg was converted at the age of 15 in the year 1809. Although Dagg was surrounded by Presbyterian influences, he began to study the doctrine of infant baptism. After having become convinced of believer’s baptism by immersion in 1812 at the age of 18, Dagg was baptized into the Ebeneezer Baptist Church by William Fristoe. Dagg then studied medicine for a few years before he was ordained to the ministry in November of 1817 at the age of 23. For the next eight years Dagg pastored several smaller churches in northern Virginia. But beginning in 1825, Dagg accepted the call to a larger church in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: the Fifth Baptist Church. Dagg remained as pastor of this church until 1834 when his voice began to fail. The next few years saw Dagg serving as president and professor of the Haddington Institute where he remained until 1836.
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