Inductees Archive

John Newton

John Newton was the son of a sea captain. His mother died when he was six and after only two years of formal schooling he joined his father’s ship. His early life was on of failure, rejected by his father and in trouble with his employers he worked on slave ships. He was converted as a result of a violent storm which almost took his life. At 39, he became a minister, serving 15 years at Olney, England. He wrote many of his hymns while serving as pastor there. He penned such songs as “Amazing Grace” and “Glorious Things of Thee Are Spoken”.

Induction Year



Colleagues and Influences

  • William Willberforce
  • John Wesley
  • George Whitfield
  • William Cowper


Significance Songs

  • “Amazing Grace”
  • “Glorious Things of Thee Are Spoken”
  • “How Sweet the Name of Jesus Sounds”


Ministry Positions

  • Minister of the curacy of Olney in Buckinghamshire
  • Rector of St. Mary Woolchurch in London



Mahalia Jackson singing “Amazing Grace”