‘The one concern of the devil is to keep saints from praying. He fears nothing from prayer-less studies, prayer-less work, prayer-less religion. He laughs at our toil. He mocks at our wisdom. But he trembles when we pray.’ Samuel Chadwick, Principal Cliff College 1912-1932
Samuel Chadwick (1860-1932) was a Wesleyan Methodist minister. He was born in Burnley, Lancashire in the industrialised north of England into a devout Methodist family. At the age of 21, he became a lay pastor at nearby Stacksteads.
After a major awakening and deepening of his faith in his late twenties, he moved on to larger congregations and greater popularity. After a few years preaching in Edinburgh and at a new chapel in Glasgow he was ordained in 1890 and returned to England as Superintendent of the Leeds Mission.
In 1904 Chadwick began lecturing weekly at Cliff College. He was doing mission work in the South Yorkshire Coalfield when the Principal of Cliff died in 1912, he immediately returned to the school and was appointed principal, remaining in that post for the rest of his career.