Samuel Bownas

Samuel Bownas

As a young man, Samuel Bownas (1676-1753) was awakened to his lost condition through the powerful ministry of a young woman named Anne Wilson who, pointing to him in a meeting, told him he was but “a Quaker by tradition,” and a stranger to the transforming power of the gospel. Knowing this to be true, Bownas was cut to the quick, and so fervently turned to the Lord that both his heart and his conduct were greatly altered in a short time. Continuing in faithful submission to the Light of Christ, he became a minister and a sufferer for the gospel, traveling frequently in Great Britain and the American colonies, and being several times imprisoned for the testimony of Jesus Christ. Bownas was particularly conspicuous for his deep understanding concerning the work of the ministry, and became the author of a highly-regarded book entitled, “A Description of the Qualifications Necessary to a Gospel Minister.”

Our friend Samuel Bownas, that able and experienced minister of the gospel, being there, I was also comforted in his ministry, as were many more both there and at Bristol.

- Thomas Story

Books by Samuel Bownas

Life of Samuel Bownas
Friends Library Publishing

Life of Samuel Bownas

Samuel Bownas

Life of Samuel Bownas

A journal of the life, travels, and Christian experiences of Samuel Bownas, giving an account of his sudden awakening to the truth of the gospel, his call to the ministry, his imprisonment in America, and his long and fruitful life in the service of Christ.

  • 193 pages
  • journal
Map of U.K.