John Bailey Adger, D.D. (1810-1899)

John Bailey Adger, D.D., was born December 13th, 1810, in Charleston, S. C., and is the eldest son of James Adger, who was a wealthy and pious merchant in that city. he graduated at Union College, N. Y., in 1828, and was ordained an evangelist by the Presbytery of Charleston Union, April 15th, 1834. In that year he was sent out as a missionary to the Armenians in Asia Minor, by the American Board of Commissioners for Foreign Missions. He labored there zealously nearly twelve years, but was compelled, by impaired vision and failing health, to resign. Soon after his return to his native State, viz., in 1847 he proposed to the Second Presbyterian Church in Charleston, to build a separate church for the benefit of the colored people, which was done in 1849. This colored congregation afterwards became the Zion Church. In 1857 he accepted the appointment of Professor of Ecclesiastical History and Church Polity in the Seminary of Columbia, S. C., and retained the position, ably fulfilling its duties, until 1874. Subsequently he was stated supply of Mount Zion, 1875-77, pastor of Roberts Church in 1878, and since 1879 has been the pastor of Hopewell Church. Dr. Adger resides at Pendleton. he is a gentleman of scholarly acquirements and a faithful laborer in the vineyard of the Lord.