William Newton 1860 – 1863

William Newton trained in Stepney for the Baptist ministry, but having adopted Unitarian views was appointed to Mansfield Old Meeting House in 1857. He was only there for one year and moved on to Hinckley Great Meeting. There he only lasted two years before he was appointed Minister at Divine Unity, but resigned in 1863 after less than three years in post. He clearly was having difficulty in finding his spiritual home, which he couldn’t resolve. He tried to establish a distinctly Christian Baptist church in Gateshead, but without success and finally he decided to enter Holy Orders in the Anglican church and emigrated to Canada.