Father of Foreign
Baptist Missions. Born: August 17, 1761, in Paulers Pury,
England. Died: June 9, 1834, in Serampore, India. William Carey was an English Baptist
missionary and linguist. He was baptised in the Church of England but joined the Baptists
in 1783 and began to preach.
His father was a weaver. William Carey became a committed Christian in 1779 and
acted as Pastor to Baptist churches in Leicester, England, from 1785 - 1793, as well
as working as a shoemaker to earn money to feed his family at 15. At the age of 25,
he taught himself several different languages including Latin, Greek, Hebrew etc.
In 1792, Carey and 14 other people formed the BMS (Baptist Missionary Society). The year
after, he agreed to go to India as a missionary, and sailed over, settling near Calcutta.
During William Carey's early years in India he mastered the main languages of India.
From 1796 - 1829, he translated the New Testament into Bengali, The old Testament 8 years
later, and parts of the bible into Sanskrit, Greek, Latin, Urdu and many other
dialects. Carey also wrote dictionaries and grammars in Sanskrit, Marathi, Punjabi and
Telugu. On top of all this, Carey's work led to the abolition of the 'Suttee' in which
widows were cremated at their husband's funerals.
During his lifetime, Carey was a: Missionary, Social Reformer, Educationist,
Linguist, Author, Publisher and Botanist. William Carey was the
The BMS (Baptist Missionary Society) -792
The Baptist Mission at Serampore -1800
The Baptist Mission Press at Serampore -1800
The Serampore Botanical Gardens -1800
The Serampore College -1818
The Agricultural Society of India -1820
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THE LIFE OF WILLIAM CAREY
AN INQUIRY INTO THE OBLIGATION
FATHER OF MODERN DAY MISSIONS [auf Deutsch] [PDF]
WILLIAM CAREY, by Basil Miller
WILLIAM CAREY, by Sam Wellman
FAITHFUL WITNESS, THE LIFE & MISSION OF WILLIAM CAREY,
At the Northampton Baptist Association
convention the morning of May 30, 1792, William Carey spoke on Isaiah 54:
'Enlarge the place of thy tent?!' He went on to once again urge his fellow
ministers to begin a missionary society for spreading the Gospel.
"Brothers," he exhorted them in conclusion, "Expect great things from God.
Attempt great things for God!"
Yet the next day William could not believe Andrew Fuller, the ferocious
bulldog William thought was an ally, actually moved to adjourn the
convention. Once again the association was concluding its annual meeting
with no approval for a missionary society. William hesitated to protest.
After all, at 30 he was surely the youngest minister in the association.
Shouldn't he defer to older, more experienced ministers? William was by
nature reticent anyway. Rarely did he ever persist right away when
rebuffed. But this rebuff was one too many.
"Is nothing going to be done again, sir?" William shouted at Fuller.
The ministers seemed in shock. Was this mild-mannered young William Carey
who was all red-faced and shouting? Andrew Fuller was red-faced himself.
He looked like William had slapped his face. Was he angry with William?
Now silent, William watched in wonder as Fuller harangued, bullied,
scolded and reprimanded the other ministers like an avenging angel. Within
minutes the association had passed the following resolution:
Resolved, that a plan be prepared against the next ministers' meeting at
Kettering, for forming a Baptist Society for propagating the Gospel among
The door was at last opening to William Carey's missionary society!
[source: William Carey: Father of Modern Missions by S. Pearce