Peter Needle in a Haystack Sticker | The Brethren Church

Peter Needle in a Haystack Sticker


Poking a little fun, and paying homage to one of our favorite early Brethren fathers, Peter Nead. 2" Sticker.

Nead was born in Hagerstown, Maryland, and was raised as a Lutheran. His family wanted him to become a Lutheran preacher, but he instead chose to learn the trade of a tanner. He later converted to the Methodist church, but then after reading a pamphlet from the Brethren church converted to that faith, and soon took up preaching. In 1825 he married Elizabeth Yount, originally of Rockingham County, Virginia. He resided at the Tunker House until 1839. He later relocated to Augusta County, Virginia, then Botetourt County, and finally settled in 1850 near Dayton, Ohio where remained until his death, preaching at the Lower Stillwater church.

Nead was known as the "English preacher" because of his ability to preach in English. But his greatest impact was in his writings. In 1833 he published "A Vindication of Primitive Christianity," which was widely read. In 1845 he published "Baptism for the Remission of Sins." Both of these works were published together in 1850 as "Nead's Theological Works." His last book, "The Wisdom and Power of God, as Displayed in Creation and Redemption," was published in 1866. He assisted in launching and was a frequent contributor to the church periodical The Vindicator, which was largely devoted to advocating against reformation of the church.