1834: Born June 19 in Kelvedon, Essex, approximately 45 miles NE of downtown London.
1835: Went to live in Stambourne with his grandparents, James and Susannah until the age of 10.
1845: Prophetic visit from missionary Richard Knill
1850: Conversion at Artillery Street Primitive Methodist Church, January 6.
1851: Preached his first sermon in Teversham, thanks to some trickery from Bishop Vinter.
1851: Becomes pastor of a church in Waterbeach, approximately five miles outside of Cambridge. (That’s right–at 17 years old!)
1854: Voted in as pastor of the historic New Park Street Chapel, April 19, exactly two months shy of his 20th birthday.
1856: Married Susannah Thompson (1832-1903), January 8. Ten months later, twin boys arrived: Charles (d. 1926) and Thomas (d. 1917).
1856: Surrey Gardens Disaster, October 19.
1857: Begins his Pastors’ College.
1857: Featured speaker at a national fast-day service. Preached to 23,654 in attendance without amplification.
1859: Foundation stone laid for the Metropolitan Tabernacle near Elephant and Castle. Last service at Surrey Gardens, December 11.
1864: Preaches controversial sermon on baptismal regeneration.
1865: Begins his monthly magazine, The Sword and the Trowel.
1867: Stockwell Orphanage for boys opens.
1879: Stockwell Orphanage for girls opens.
1887: Spurgeon publishes an article in his magazine on the “downgrade” of his Baptist denomination. He leaves the denomination a year later.
1891: Preaches his last sermon at the Metropolitan Tabernacle, June 7.
1892: Dies in Mentone, France, January 31. Buried in Norwood Cemetery February 11. He was 57 years old.
Recommended sources to learn more about Spurgeon:
Thomas Briemaier, Tethered to the Cross: The Life and Preaching of Charles H. Spurgeon.
Arnold Dallimore, Spurgeon: A Biography. This is a great place to start.
Peter Morden, C.H. Spurgeon: The People’s Preacher. Morden is a first-rate scholar of Spurgeon who has penned numerous books on various avenues of Spurgeon’s life and ministry.
Spurgeon, Lectures to My Students and An All-Around Ministry. Both of these books contain Spurgeon’s lectures to his Pastors’ College, where he lets his hair down, if you will.
Tom Nettles, Living by Revealed Truth: The Life and Pastoral Theology of Charles Haddon Spurgeon. This is a well-researched, in-depth book on the subject. If you want to dig deeper, go here.
Ray Rhodes, Jr., Yours, Til Heaven: The Untold Love Story of Charles and Susie Spurgeon. In an age where marriages of pastors and their wives are under duress, how nice it is to read a book about a successful marriage in the midst of a busy and successful ministry. (Rhodes is coming out with a new biography that I hope you’ll look for.)
Spurgeon.org: Here is the digital library under the umbrella of the Spurgeon Library of Midwestern Seminary in Kansas City