Charles Simeon (1759-1836) was born in Reading. Most of his life was spent serving as the vicar of Holy Trinity Cambridge for 54 years, amidst much suffering. He once wrote that a nominal Christian is happy to prove the importance of the crucified redeemer.... but the true Christian delights in the cross, rejoices in it, glories in it and shudders at the thought of glorying in anything else.
His ministry was a model for many, and his influence lead to an increased evangelical presence within the Church of England. To gain some perspective on Simeon's ministry we could look at someone like John Stott whose global gospel-ministry in the Church of England has been similar.
John Piper's biography of Simeon:
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