The eternal union of Christ and his chosen Church . . . was a subject on which Mr Nunn delighted to dwell 1
The first of the ministers to be considered in detail in this study remained, to the surprise of many, a loyal Anglican to his death. William Nunn's ministry displays a number of highly unusual features, particularly his commitment to a high-Calvinistic theology viewed with considerable suspicion not only by the Establishment hierarchy, but also by many leading Evangelicals. The impact of his doctrinal stance upon his practical ministry in the demanding social, economic, and political context of Manchester between 1817 and 1840 diverges significantly from that which will be observed when attention is turned to the ministry of his friend William Gadsby.
William Nunn was born in Colchester on 13 May 1786 into a large family. All the children who survived infancy came eventually to experience evangelical conversion. William was educated with a private master, and then in the local day school. On leaving school he began to work with his father, who was a wine and spirit merchant, and he also served in the local militia. 2 The family attended St. Peter's Church, Colchester,