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Ernest Alexander Payne


Ernest Alexander Payne, British clergyman. Decorated La Grande Medaille d’Argent de la Ville de Paris; Companion of Honour. Member Baptist History Society (president).; Club: Athenaeum (London).


Payne, Ernest Alexander was born on February 19, 1902 in London, England. Son of Alexander W. and Mary C. (Griffiths) Payne.


Bachelor of Arts, King’s College, U. London, 1921, Bachelor of Divinity, 1925. B. Little, Mansfield College, University of Oxford, 1927, Master of Arts, 1944. Doctor of Divinity, St. Andrews U., 1951.

Student Regent’s Park College, London, 1922-1925, Marburg U. (Germany), 1927-1928. Honorary Doctor of Laws, McMaster, 1960.


1 daughter, Elizabeth Ann (Mistress A. F. Prain). Ordained to ministry Baptist Church, 1928. Pastor Bugbrooke Baptist Church, 1928-1932.

Headquarters staff Baptist Missionary Society, 1932-1940. Senior tutor Regent’s Park College, 1940-1951. General secretary Baptist Union Great Britain and Ireland, 1951-1967.

University lecturer comparative religion and history modern missions University of Oxford, 1947-1951. Vice chairman Central committee World Council Churches, 1954-1968. President World Council of Churches, 1968.

Chairman of the executive committee British Council of Churches, 1962-1971. Moderator Free Church Federal Council, 1958-1959. Vice president Baptist World Alliance, 1965-1970.


  • Author: The Free Church Tradition in the Life of England, 1944. The Growth of the World Church, 1956. The Fellowship of Believers, 1944.

    Biography of Henry Wheeler Robinson, 1946. Biography of J. H. Rushbrooke, 1954. The Baptist Union, 1959.

    Free Churchmen-Unrepentant and Repentant, 1965. Violence, Non-violence and Human Rights, 1971.


Member Baptist History Society (president). Club: Athenaeum (London).


Married Winifred Davies, October 28, 1930.

Alexander W. Payne

Mary C. (Griffiths) Payne

Winifred Davies