Edmund Hamer Broadbent
Edmund Hamer Broadbent (15 June 1861 – 28 June 1945) was a Christian missionary and author. John Bjorlie wrote that he was a "tidy-looking English gentleman with a bookish side who discovered ways of slipping into and out of countries that others just assumed were 'closed doors.' He was not a big man, and his pleasant, easygoing manner would not have conjured in your mind the picture of the fearless missionary."
His missionary work from 1900 into the 1920s took him to Austria, Belgium, Egypt, Germany, Poland, Russia, Turkey, the Baltic states, North and South America, and Uzbekistan. He spoke fluent French and German and could speak some Russian.
Broadbent's book, The Pilgrim Church, first published in 1931, is an alternative history of the church, unrecorded by secular history. It covers the history of many small churches throughout the ages that have attempted to follow the New Testament church pattern, what he regarded as the success of those that followed the pattern laid out by the apostles and the consequences to the churches that fell away from the pattern. He looks broadly at many groups such as the Paulicians, the Bogomils, the Nestorians, the Waldensians, the Anabaptists, the Hutterites, the Methodists, the Russian Mennonites and the Mennonite Brethren. He classified early primitive churches to Anabaptist, and classified the Moravian Brethren as the historical roots to the later Brethren Movement.
Broadbent married Dora Holiday in Bradford in 1891, and together they had eight children.
Broadbent died in Stoke-on-Trent on 28 June 1945.
- "Broadbent , E.H. Bio | online library of brethren writers". Plymouthbrethren.org. 13 September 2004. Retrieved 19 June 2016.
- Edmund Hamer Broadbent, Saint and Pioneer: recollections and reflections. London: Paternoster Press, 1946; by George Henry Lang
- online library of brethren writers (13 September 2004). "Broadbent , E.H. Bio | online library of brethren writers". Plymouthbrethren.org. Retrieved 19 June 2016.
- The Pilgrim Church on Project Gutenberg Australia
- The Pilgrim Church, published by Gospel Folio Press
- Broadbent biography on the Plymouth Brethren website
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