Justice to Grace
Richard Fuller was born at Beaufort, South Carolina, on April 22, 1804. He entered Harvard College, but health problems forced him to leave in his junior year. He then studied law and rose to eminence in his profession. However, it was not until 1831 that he was converted. He was busily engaged in his law profession, when Beaufort was visited by Rev. Daniel Barker, the celebrated revivalist. During those meetings, some of the most prominent and intellectual individuals of the place were brought to salvation and the dedication of their lives to the cause of Christ. One of these was Richard Fuller. He said of his conversion: “My soul ran over with love and joy and praise; for days I could neither eat nor sleep.” He was biblically baptized by the Rev. Wyer, pastor of the Baptist church in Savannah, Georgia. He joined the Baptist church in Beaufort and was soon chosen as its pastor. He was ordained in 1832 and served in the church for 15 years. When he became the pastor, the church was weak; but under his faithful care, it increased to about 200 white members and 2,400 black members. His zeal was so great the he preached for weeks in various parts of the South, and great numbers were won to Christ. In 1847 he left Beaufort and became the pastor of the Seventh Baptist Church in Baltimore, a church which numbered 87 members at that time. Under his ministry it grew to about 1,200. A few years later, he and several members left Seventh Baptist and established the Eutaw Place Baptist Church. He remained pastor for five years, and after suffering, he was called to his reward on high on October 20, 1876.
Dr. Dale R. Hart adapted from: “This Day in Baptist History III” David L. Cummins. pp. 233 – 235.