Born: June 1, 1727, Ex­e­ter, Eng­land (grand­son of hymn­ist Joseph Sten­nett).

Died: Au­gust 24, 1795, Lon­don, Eng­land.

Buried: Lon­don, Eng­land.

The fol­low­ing bi­o­gra­phy ap­peared in Se­venth Day Bap­tists in Eur­ope and Amer­i­ca: His­tor­ic­al Pa­pers Writ­ten in Com­mem­or­a­tion of the One Hun­dredth An­ni­ver­sa­ry of the Or­gan­iz­a­tion of the Se­venth Day Bap­tist Gen­er­al Con­fer­ence Cel­e­brat­ed at Ash­a­way, RI, Aug. 20-25, 1902. Vol. 1, pp. 11-18.

Dr. Samuel Sten­nett was born in Ex­e­ter, in 1727. He was con­vert­ed and was bap­tized when young. Like his fa­ther he was a man of super­i­or tal­ents and great er­u­di­tion. Iv­i­mey says:- “His pro­fi­cien­cy in Greek, La­tin and Or­i­ent­al tongues and ex­ten­sive ac­quaint­ance with sac­red lit­er­a­ture, are so abundantly dis­played in his val­u­able works that they can­not fail to es­tab­lish his re­pu­ta­tion for learning and genius.”

He had been ac­cus­tomed to move in the so­ci­e­ty of per­sons of re­fine­ment; and on en­ter­ing up­on his pas­tor­al du­ties in Lon­don he was remarkable for the ease and suavity of his man­ners, for the good breed­ing, the pol­ished lang­uage, and the graceful ways of the true gen­tle­man. He was fre­quent­ly in com­pa­ny with per­sons enjoying the high­est so­cial dis­tinc­tion and in such si­tu­a­tions as gave him an op­por­tun­i­ty to com­mend Bap­tists and aid Dis­sent­ers of all de­nom­in­a­tions.

In 1763 he was made a Doc­tor of Di­vin­i­ty by King’s Coll­ege, Aberdeen. Among the no­ble men who wait­ed upon his min­is­try and loved him with the af­fection of a friend was John Howard, the philanthropist. In a let­ter from Smyr­na, writ­ten to Dr. Sten­nett Au­gust 11, 1786, Mr. Howard says:- “I bless God for your min­is­try; I pray God to re­ward you a thou­sand fold. My friend, you have an hon­or­a­ble work; ma­ny seals you have to your min­is­try.”

He min­is­tered to the Lit­tle Wild street church as his fa­ther’s assistant for ten years; and as its pas­tor, af­ter his fa­ther’s death, for thir­ty-sev­en years. The meeting house was rebuilt dur­ing his min­is­try. His fa­ther, Jo­seph Sten­nett, D. D.; his grandfa­ther, Jo­seph Sten­nett; his great-grand­fa­ther, Ed­ward Sten­nett; his bro­ther, Joseph, and his son, Jo­seph, were all Bap­tist min­is­ters—and Sab­bath-keep­ers.

Dr. Sam­u­el Sten­nett was a hymn writ­er of note. He wrote the beau­ti­ful and well known hymn, “Majestic sweet­ness sits en­throned upon the Sav­iour’s brow;” al­so “On Jordan’s stormy banks I stand.”

Most of his works were re­print­ed in 1784 in three oc­ta­vo vol­umes. In 1772 he pub­lished a work entitled “R­emarks on the Christ­ian Min­is­ter’s Rea­sons for Ad­min­is­ter­ing Bap­tism by Sprink­ling.” In 1775, “An An­swer to the Christ­ian Minister’s Reasons for Baptizing Infants.” He was al­so au­thor of productions treating of ap­peals to Par­lia­ment by Pro­test­ant Dis­sent­ers for re­lief from per­se­cut­ing en­act­ments.



  1. And Have I Christ, No Love for Thee?
  2. And Will the Of­fend­ed God Again?
  3. As on the Cross the Sav­ior Hung
  4. Behold the Lep­rous Jew
  5. Come, Every Pi­ous Heart
  6. Father, at Thy Call I Come
  7. Great God, amid the Dark­some Night
  8. Great God, What Hosts of An­gels Stand
  9. Here at Thy Ta­ble, Lord, We Meet
  10. How Charm­ing Is the Place
  11. How Shall the Sons of Men Appear?
  12. How Soft the Words My Sav­ior Speaks
  13. How Various and How New
  14. Majestic Sweet­ness Sits En­throned
  15. Not All the No­bles of the Earth
  16. On Jordan’s Stormy Banks I Stand
  17. Prostrate, Dear Je­sus, at Thy Feet
  18. Should Boun­te­ous Na­ture Kind­ly Pour
  19. Thy Coun­sels of Re­deem­ing Grace
  20. Thy Life I Read, My Dear­est Lord
  21. ’Tis Fin­ished! So the Sav­ior Cried
  22. To Christ, the Lord, Let Ev­ery Tongue
  23. To God, My Sav­ior, and My King
  24. To God, the Un­i­vers­al King
  25. What Wis­dom, Ma­jes­ty and Grace
  26. Where Two or Three, with Sweet Ac­cord
  27. Why Should a Liv­ing Man Com­plain?
  28. With Tears of An­guish I La­ment
  29. Yonder Amaz­ing Sight I See