A new book in Studies in Brethren History

I heartily commend this excellent account by Dr Tim Grass of my former senior missionaries and colleagues Ernest and Gertrude Trenchard. Their love for the Spanish people and culture and their dedication to the spread of the gospel made a significant and lasting impact on several generations of evangelicals, which has spread to other Spanish-speaking countries through Ernest´s many published works.

Terry Wickham, who joined the Trenchards in 1958 and continues with others to develop their work through Bible teaching and publications.

The British Brethren missionaries Ernest and May Trenchard devoted their lives to serving the Church in Spain, planting congregations and forming leaders at a time when much activity in evangelism, teaching, and publishing had to be undertaken clandestinely. Such service came at significant personal cost, and this book explores what it meant to minister in such a context. At a period when it was claimed that Protestantism was merely a foreign import, the Trenchards sought to immerse themselves in local culture so that Brethren congregations would emerge whose ethos was genuinely Spanish. This biography of the couple, using both Spanish and English sources and which has already appeared in Spanish translation, is a detailed exploration of their lives and mission.



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BAHN encourages the study and writing of the history of the Brethren movement. 

The aims of the BAHN are:

  • To support the development of archives of the history of the Christian Brethren, the deposit of material in such archives and to make their resources better known.
  • To encourage research into Brethren history world-wide, to assist those writing on such topics and to encourage cooperation, and greater understanding of the development of the movement.
  • To support the publication and circulation of historical works on the Brethren, and to increase awareness of them.

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Brethren Historical Review

We publish an annual periodical, the Brethren Historical Review. You can view articles from past volumes by clicking here.

Some of the articles in the 2019 issue are:

Bill Anderson, Andersons and Chrystalls: Scottish Pioneers in Aotearoa/New Zealand

P. David Wilkin, Education at Chitokoloki, 1914-1924: The Vision of George Suckling

William Buntain, The Exclusive Brethren, Watchman Nee, and the Local Churches in China

Jonathan Side, Some Reflections on the Life and Scientific Work of Robert Rendall (1898-1967)

Michael Schneider, New Writing on Brethren History




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  Studies in Brethren History


   BAHN has launched a series of books entitled Studies in Brethren History. Those published so far are:

1. Tim Grass's definitive modern history, Gathering to His Name: The Story of Open Brethren in Britain and Ireland

2. Witness in Many Lands: Leadership and Outreach Among the Brethren, edited by Tim Grass (2013)

3. Culture, Spirituality, and the Brethren edited by Neil Dickson and Tom Marinello (2014)

4. Brethren and Mission: Essays in Honour of Timothy C. F. Stunt edited by Neil Dickson and Tom Marinello (2016)

5. From Glasgow to Garenganze: Frederick Stanley Arnot and Nineteenth-Century African Mission by Ian Burness (2017) (published jointly with OPAL Trust and Echoes International)

5. Bible and Theology in the Brethren, edited by Neil Dickson and Tom Marinello (2018)

6. The Bible and the Church, edited by Neil Dickson and Tom Marinello (2020) 

A subsidia series includes 

Daniel J. Danielsen and the Congo: Missionary Campaigns and Atrocity Photographs by Oli Jacobsen (2014)

From Friends to Brethren: The Howards of Tottenham - Quakers, Brethren, and Evangelicals by Gerald West (2016)

as well as the biography of Ernest and May Trenchard referred to above.


More information on these and other key books on Brethren history can be found on this website in Further reading. Several of these new academic histories of the Brethren appear in Paternoster Press's series, Studies in Evangelical History.

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