John Hurrion (1675-1731), was born in Suffolk in the east of England, in a period when those who had stood apart from the Church of England after the Act of Uniformity of 1662 were undergoing persecution. He was set apart for ministry at the age of twenty one and by the 1690s, evangelical churches in the Nonconformist tradition were facing new dangers — this time from within.
Hurrion was a minister in Denton, Norfolk (1696-1724). His ministry at Denton continued through twenty-eight years, reported as ‘very successful, and he was esteemed a great blessing by all the Dissenters, in those parts’. In 1724 he was faced with the difficult decision of a call to the church at Hare Court, Aldersgate Street, London, which he eventually accepted. He was one of several Nonconformist preachers to take part in the Lime Street Lectures, which were initiated to promote and defend ‘the most important doctrines of the gospel’.
John Hurrion died on December 31, 1731, in his fifty-sixth year.