Bio: Rev. J. Brooks

Rev. Jabez Brooks, served: 1853 – 1854

Was born Sept. 18th,1823, was converted at the age of twelve. Was licensed to preach in 1846 on Lighthouse Point Circuit, Ill., Rock River Conference; Rev. Luke Hitchcock, Presiding Elder. Was ordained local Deacon by Bishop Waugh at Waukesha, Wis. in 1851. Joined Wis. Conference at Baraboo in 1853, and received his first appointment from Bishop Scott to Jackson St., now Summerfield church.

In 1854, he became Prin. of the Prep. Dep., of the Hamline Univ., Red Wing, Minn., and Preacher in charge of the church there. In 1857, he superannuated for 1 year, and was again placed at Red Wing for a term of two years. In 1861, he was elected Pres. of Hamline Univ., remained as such eight years, and is at present, Prof. of Greek in the Univ. of Minn. He graduated from Wes. Univ., Middleton, Conn. in 1850. Was a delegate to General Conference in 1864, and received the degree of D.D. from Lawrence Univ. in 1866.

He writes: “I was the first Conference appointee to Jackson St. as a separate charge. Preaching had occasionally been held there. I gathered about twenty members to begin with, and reported ninety at the end of the Conference year”. “It was my privilege and honor to organize the first Sunday School, and we had a vigorous one throughout the year, upwards of a hundred scholars; also organized the first Board of Trustees, Stewards and Leaders. Among these were Bros. Austin, Elmore, Steever, Lakin, Emery, Chapman and Bailey.

There were three classes. The Leaders were Bros. Austin, Chapman, and sister Haskins”. “Our congregation was a singularly select one, and generally filled the little church. I had a delightful year with my little flock, and its recollections are among the most cherished ones of my ministerial life”.

– Biography by Ralph Lane Lawrence, 1952