Other Servants

About, by or adapted from Articles, Hymns, Snippets and ‘Golden Nuggets’

J G Bellatt

Dublin, Ireland 1795-1864

One of the original brothers in the Dublin meeting.  It was established before J N Darby joined it.

About, by or adapted from J G Bellatt – Articles, Hymns, Snippets and ‘Golden Nuggets’

Brian Deck

Motueka New Zealand (1912-1991)

About, by or adapted from Brian Deck – Articles, Hymns, Snippets and ‘Golden Nuggets’

Edward Dennett

EDWARD DENNETT was born in the Isle of Wight, 1831, at Bembridge, and died in Croydon in Oct., 1914 after a short illness. His people were all in the Church of England, but he was converted as a lad through the instrumentality of a godly clergyman, and he left the church from conviction and became minister of a Baptist Chapel in Greenwich, having previously matriculated at London University.  However in France he came into contact with brethren and on his return resigned his charge. Shortly after “breaking bread” for the first time with those gathered simply at the Lord’s table “unto His Name.”

About, by or adapted from Edward Dennett – Articles, Hymns, Snippets and ‘Golden Nuggets’

Alfred Gardiner – A J Gardiner – AJG

Alfred J Gardiner 1884-1976

Streatham, London 1884-1973

About, by or adapted from AJG – Articles, Hymns, Snippets and ‘Golden Nuggets’

Arthur House


About, by or adapted from Arthur House – Articles, Hymns, Snippets and ‘Golden Nuggets’

William Johnson

London 1850-1921

About, by or adapted from William Johnson – Articles, Hymns, Snippets and ‘Golden Nuggets’

James Tayor Senior  – J Taylor Sr – JT (Sr)

James Taylor Sr (1870-1953)

James Taylor Senior was born on January 6, 1870 at Coolaney, near Sligo, Co. Sligo, in North West Ireland. In 1884, at the age of 14, he came into fellowship at Paisley, Scotland, where he had moved to serve his apprenticeship in the linen trade with the firm of Coats. In 1888 he emigrated to St. John, Newfoundland. In 1889, J.T. moved to New York. James Taylor and Estelle Garrett of Baltimore were married c. 1892. They had six children. Mrs. Taylor died 1901 in childbirth or very shortly afterwards. The Lord took him on March 29, 1953.

His ministry as to the service of God, the Assembly and the Person and work of the Holy Spirit have been much appreciated.  He was insistent on testing all by scripture.

His critics saw him as being somewhat of a ‘universal lead’ a position he did not accept, unlike his infamous son Jim Taylor JT Jr – who led the Taylorite Exclusive Brethren – now the Plymouth Brethren Christian Church.

About, by or adapted from JT Sr – Articles, Hymns, Snippets and ‘Golden Nuggets’


Fred Trussler


The late Mark Lemon, Stone Publishing Trust, said of Mr. Trussler, “I remember him as a man who had an unusual way of presenting things. I suspect that he spent a great deal of time meditating on the Scriptures and on the things of the Lord

  • “I have not been able to get a great deal of information about our brother except that he was converted during the 1st World War. He worked as a woodman and then in a saw mill.
  • “He was taken to be with the Lord in 1968 when he was in his 80s.” – Source: My Brethren
  • My recollection – A brother was enthusiastically expounding on the thoughts of Jim Taylor and the Exclusive Brethren.  Mr Trussler’s reply: ‘Silly, in’t it!’.- Sosthenes
About, by or adapted from Fred Trussler – Articles, Hymns, Snippets and ‘Golden Nuggets’

James Taylor Sr – Christ’s Name

… or mine?

                                                                                                                 Chapters 3 and 4 (of Acts) show us the character of the apostles’ testimony; that is, that they were not engaged with their own reputations, but with Christ’s name. What marked the Christian unity was that His name was to be great instead of our name.  Wherever you find a man, be he Christian or not, who has his own name before him, he is Babylonish; he is virtually a Babel-builder. But

James Taylor Sr (1870-1953)

what marks the apostles is Christ’s name- “In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth rise up and walk.”  Peter said he had neither gold nor silver, and he had no reputation, but Jesus of Nazareth had a name of renown.  Peter boldly states in chapter 4 that there is none other “name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.”  That is what marked Peter and John in their testimony.  Now, Satan was against that name. The injunction of the religious leaders in chapter 4 was not simply that they should not hold certain doctrines, but that they should not teach or preach in that name. But the divine intention is to maintain that name.

(J Taylor NS vol. 3 page 171.  Suggested by an English subscriber)

Golden Nugget Number 314


A few years ago, my wife and I were on vacation in Quebec City and took the boat over the St Lawrence.  We got talking to a fellow Christian who told us how well his church was doing and what he was doing to improve it, then gave us his business card – it said ‘John Smith* – Professional Church Planter’. That made me think of his priorities

  1. Himself
  2. His church – whatever sect it was
  3. Jesus

If  ‘me’ or ‘my church’ means more to me than Jesus, I think there is a problem.

* Not his real name


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James Taylor Sr. – Breaking Bread at Home

Due to the Covid 19 pandemic, and the restrictions that we are all under. Many households are breaking bread together at home.


I am grateful for our brothers David Brown and Paul Martin for reprinting a paragraph from James Taylor Sr.’s ministry about meeting and breaking bread at home.  It was printed in the light of meeting rooms and churches being closed due to the Covid 19 pandemic, and the restrictions that we are all under. Many households are breaking bread together at home.

Should not breaking bread in the home should be normal, not exceptional.  At the outset we are told ‘And they, continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, did eat their meat with gladness and singleness of heart, praising God, and having favour with all the people. And the Lord added to the church daily such as should be saved’ (Acts 2:46-47).

In Rome there was clearly a gathering in the home of Aquila and Priscilla.  It would also sound like there was in the homes of Aristobulus, Narcissus, Asyncritus, Phlegon, Philologus and others.  They would not have been independent of one another, but doubtless served the Lord in worship, prayer and the study of the word.  And I think the occasions would have been simpler.  Like we are seeing at the moment.  May this simplicity continue!

I ruminate:  Tomorrow, Lords Day, my wife and I will break bread together in our home in Strood, Kent.  We normally break bread in a very small gathering a sister’s house in nearby Gillingham.  We are not allowed to visit her due to current restrictions.  How many other households in our town will gather and simply remember the Lord at home, breaking bread – and offering up thankful praise and worship to the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit?  I know a few – there will surely be others.  What’s more some will normally gather in one place – home, church or chapel; others gather elsewhere – sadly due to the division amongst Christians, of which I have had part.  But the Lord will be present in them all – it is His promise:  ‘For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them’ (Matthew 18:20).  Does the Lord recognise the division?  Is the body divided?

Taylor said:

The Lord brought in a Paul. The saints at Damascus were not prepared for such an one; Ananias was not; the Lord prepared him afterwards, but he was not prepared at first. Are we prepared to be small enough and to retain our smallness in order to avoid inflation by any circumstances? You see, beloved brethren, how easily we may be taken unawares if we are not prepared.

James Taylor Sr (1870-1953)

At Pentecost Peter stood up and preached, and there were three thousand souls added that day. Is there the least suggestion that the hundred and twenty had no accommodation for them? No indeed, there was preparation, for the Lord had foreseen it. No doubt Peter knew that the Holy Spirit come down from heaven meant much. The Lord chose Peter and John, He had fitted them for such a service, and He put them forward, and so the three thousand are added. You say, Where did they meet, for there could be no hall in Jerusalem large enough to hold them, but the Holy Spirit says they broke bread in the houses; the Lord had been working in the saints’ houses during His ministry and had prepared them. Such a service as the Lord’s in Peter’s house, as He stood over his wife’s mother, is needed in our houses; He touched her, and the fever left her, and she arose and ministered to them. He rebuked the fever, and it left her, and she served them, not only Him. When those three thousand were brought in there was great need of such service, indeed, all would be taxed in service. Doubtless there were many houses where Jesus had worked and they would be ready for the breaking of bread. If they broke bread in their houses, their houses must have been available, and they were all in it, wives and daughters would be ready. The breaking of bread is a family thought, and so they broke bread in the houses.

Ministry of James Taylor, Volume 18 page 393.  Address entitled ‘Preparation’, Dudley 1926

Reprinted in “Notes of Ministry” No 570 May 2020.

James Taylor Sr – Everything in Christendom is my Responsibility, from Rome Down

We are in the midst of a Christendom divided into a thousand fragments, in some of which, most, alas! Christ is dishonoured.  It is not that one wishes to speak against any, but everything in Christendom is my responsibility, from Rome down.  


James Taylor

Sometimes as we move along, we think of our meetings as…everything being orderly – right hymns chosen, right words used in the giving of thanks, and so forth, and we almost assume that we belong to a system of things by ourselves that God can own.  But that is an entire mistake.  We are in circumstances that are most humiliating, and we cannot get out of them.  We are in the midst of a Christendom divided into a thousand fragments, in some of which, most, alas! Christ is dishonoured.  It is not that one wishes to speak against any, but everything in Christendom is my responsibility, from Rome down.  


Can I get out of it?  I cannot.  I may get out of it in spirit, as we see here, (2 Samuel 15) by ascending…But how ascend?  With tears and head covered, and barefoot…Was not God delighted with (David)?  He was…He was acting suitably, humbly; he was owning things as they were, but he was finding an outlet.  What is the outlet?  The outlet is in heaven… It was spiritual power in secret; spiritual power in the full acknowledgement of the position. 


(James Taylor Sr. NS 28 pp 170-171)


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