Hercules Collins

Wapping, London

Installed as pastor of the Wapping church on 23 March, 1676/77, this able minister was the author of several important devotional and practical works, including An Orthodox Catechism (1680) which is a Baptist recension of the Heidelberg Catechism. He was held in high esteem by his colleagues, and played an important part in the establishment of Particular Baptist Churches in London and the country. He died 4 Oct., 1702. John Piggot said of him in a funeral sermon, "his doctrine was agreeable to the Sentiments of the Reformed Churches in all Fundamental Articles of Faith, and [his example] did adorn the Doctrine of God our Saviour". His presence at all of the London General Assemblies must be noted.