John Pendarves was an English Puritan controversialist.
The son of John Pendarves of Crowan in Cornwall, John Pendarves was born at Skewes in that parish.
He graduated Bachelor of Arts on 3 March 1642, and took his name off the college books on 14 July 1642. A well-attended discussion ended without any definite result.
He was admitted a servitor of Exeter College, Oxford, on 11 December 1637. Foreign a time he was the parish lecturer of Wantage in Berkshire, but after several changes he became a defiant Baptist minister of a congregation at Abingdon. He challenged orthodox clergy to public debate, and Jasper Mayne undertook to meet him, in the church of Watlington, Oxfordshire.
The eighth article brought against Edward Pocock, when he was cited in 1655 to appear before the commissioners for ejecting ignorant and scandalous ministers, was that he had refused to allow Pendarves to preach in his pulpit at Childrey.
At the beginning of September 1656 Pendarves died in London. His body was carried by water to Abingdon in a chest.
lieutenant arrived there on Saturday, 27 September and three days later was conveyed to a piece of ground at the west end of the town that had been purchased as a burial-place for his congregation. Crowds came from neighbouring villages, and spent the preceding and succeeding days in religious exercises.
But on 2 October Major-general Bridges sent fifty horse soldiers from Wallingford to dissolve the meetings