John Henry Newton (July 24, 1725 – December 21, 1807) was a British sailor and Anglican clergyman. Starting his career at sea, at a young age, he became involved with the slave trade for a few years, and was himself enslaved for a period. He came to faith in Jesus, and became a minister, hymn-writer, and later a prominent supporter of the abolition of slavery. He was the author of many hymns, including “Amazing Grace” and “Glorious Things of Thee are Spoken.”
His ministry in Olney and London had a profound impact and he influenced many to live for Christ! Among them was William Wilberforce, who, as a budding politician, came to faith in Jesus and worked with the “Clapham Sect” to abolish the slave trade in England! The following is the trailer for the movie “Amazing Grace” which portrayed Wilberforce’s life and mission along with Newton’s influence!