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William Carey was born on August 17 1761 in the village of Northamptonshire in the midland region of England Careys interest in education would form a major part of his lifes work as the eldest son of a village school master and weaver Edmund Carey At the age of seven Carey developed severe allergies and a skin disease which was greatly irritated by long exposures of the sun Therefore his parents found work for him indoors as a shoemaker Later on William Carey worked as an apprentice to a shoemaker at Piddington named John Warr John Warr was the man who led Carey to his faith in Jesus Christ in 1775 With the Revolution of 1688 and the Act of Toleration the following year Dissenters were granted statutory freedom of worship In 1719 Parliament passed a bill a bill forbidding anyone who attended a Dissenting meeting from teaching Penalty for its violation was three months in jail On October 5 1783 William Carey was baptized in the N ene River by John Ryland Jr and three deacons from the College Lane Church On Sunday June 10 1781 William Carey and Dorothy Plackett were united in marriage at the church in Piddington There was a series of severe death diseases and sicknesses that covered the Carey family during which William Carey almost died Careys formal ordination for his calling of a pastor was on August 1 1787 There were twenty ministers from the Northamptonshire Association who joined the local villages to celebrate the solemn setting apart of their pastor Then on May 7 1789 Carey announced his acceptance and began his ministry of the call from the Baptist Church at Harvey Lane in Leicester William Carey expresses his desire to minister to the lost by mission work Carey longed for missions and had a passion for mission work In the early fourth century Eusebius of Causarea set out to chronicle the course
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