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Clergyman , educator , pastor , President

Joel Parker was a United States Presbyterian clergyman and educator.


Parker, Joel was born on August 27, 1799 in Bethel, Vermont, United States.


Graduate Hamilton College, 1824.


He was pastor at Rochester in 1826-30. Attracted by the free church movement, in 1830 he went to New York City. The movement looked to provide church services to people who could not afford high pew rents.

Parker organized the Dey Street Church in New York whose seats were free. He served as its pastor. In 1834 Rev. Parker went back up to New York to solicit subscriptions for a new church building.

These reports were later proved to have been false, but before his returning November 1834 he was hung in effigy once or twice in the city. Upon its being closed he became president of the Union Theological Seminary and occupied the chair of sacred rhetoric.


  • Other Work

    • Author: Lectures on Universalism, 1830. The Pastor’s Initiatory Catechism, 1855.


Married Harriet Phelps, May 9, 1826.

Harriet Phelps