468 History of Wake Forest College
The pastors during this period, 1834-62, were Samuel Wait (1835-
1847), William Hooper (1847-48), William T. Brooks (1849, January
to August), John B. White (1849-53), William T. Brooks (1853-54),
W. M. Wingate (1854-79). Assistant pastors were John Armstrong
(1835-37), and Daniel F. Richardson (1838-39).
One general characteristic of all these pastors was their sanity. They
preached the gospel of the New Testament and were satisfied with its
theology, being more concerned with teaching the morality of the
Sermon on the Mount than with theological subtleties. The burden of
their sermons was the necessity of repentance and of regeneration,
and the duty of living a correct life. With an unquestioning belief in
the Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments as the Word of God
they were mainly concerned with the religious development of those
under their care. It was a time when in New England and the Middle
States there was much discussion of the Millennium, the Number of
the Beast, the Reign of Satan, and the Final Judgment. In the first half
of the nineteenth century college presidents, such as Timothy Dwight
of Yale University, and learned members of college faculties and able
scholars in that most cultured section of the country, spent much time
in devising ingenious schedules of the events for the end of the world,
which they thought were already in progress or would soon begin and
certainly culminate before the year 2000, while William Miller, quick
at figures but no great scholar, threw all the northern and eastern
sections of the country into a ferment of excitement by preaching the
inevitable end of the world in 1843. Such vagaries had no voice in
Wake Forest College. All the pastors of the Wake Forest Church were
alike in this : they did not know the time of the end of the world, and
they did not think they knew.
Of Samuel Wait, the first pastor, something has already been said.
He preached to the students regularly from the first and was the
minister of the church continuously from its constitution in August,
1835 until 1847. It is evident from the notes from Brooks's diary,
already quoted, and for other reports that his
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