Godfrey Holden Pike was born in Stoke Newington, Middlesex, England in June 1836, the son of Godfrey Theophilus and Ann Ward Pike. Having met C. H. Spurgeon a few years previously, in 1872 Pike was appointed sub-editor of Spurgeon’s magazine The Sword and the Trowel, a post he was to hold for the next twenty years. He contributed numerous articles to the magazine, as well as writing several historical and biographical works on evangelical topics between 1870 and 1904. Some of his titles include: Ancient Meeting Houses, The Metropolitan Tabernacle, Victoria: Queen And Empress, Beneath the Blue Sky, The Life and Work of Archibald G. Brown – Preacher and Philanthropist, Oliver Cromwell and His Times, From Slave to College President, and Wesley and His Preachers.
Having been closely associated with Spurgeon for about thirty years, Pike was eminently suited to write The Life and Work of Charles Haddon Spurgeon, which first appeared in six volumes in 1894. It was reprinted by the Trust, in two volumes, in 1991.
G. Holden Pike and his wife Ellen had three children – Godfrey Holden, Oliver Gregory, and Lucy Ellen. Pike died in Edmonton, Middlesex towards the end of 1910.