Biography of Rev. John A. MacColl
Bristol County, MA Biographies

MacColl, Rev. John A., pastor of the North Congregational Church of New Bedford, was born at Niagara Falls, N. Y., in 1856, a son of Rev. Alexander MacColl, a Presbyterian minister, and Mary Jane Newcomb, his wife, and, as the name would indicate, he is of Scotch descent. He was graduated from the University of New York in 1879 and from the Union Theological Seminary of the same city in 1882, in which year he was licensed to preach by the New York Presbytery. His first charge was the Memorial Congregational Church in Sayersviile, R. I., where he was installed on the 31st of January, 1883; but this pastorate was of short duration, for in the latter half of the same year he accepted a call from the church at St. Albans, Vermont, where he was installed in May, 1884. In this parish he consolidated and greatly enlarged a somewhat divided congregation, added materially to the membership and force of the church, and especially endeared himself to all, and so great was the attachment of people to pastor that the question of the expediency of his removal was a grave one; but desiring a larger field for his efforts, he accepted the call to his present pastorate and was installed in January, 1890. One of the chief features of Rev. MacCoil's work in the North Congregational Church has been the development of the missionary spirit among his people, and the beneficence of the congregation in this respect has been most liberal. For the past eight years it has wholly supported a missionary in South Africa and has also contributed largely to the support of the Y. M. C. A. and the City Mission. In the Y. M. C. A. work Rev. MacCoil has taken a constant and active interest. He is a corporate member of the American Board of Commissioners of Foreign Missions and a member of the Winthrop Club of Congregational Ministers of Boston and vicinity, and his entire pastorate in New Bedford has been characterized by energetic zeal and constant effort, and but for abnormal losses through death and removal, the congregation would have been nearly doubled. Rev. MacCoil has been paid the following tribute: "He is a gifted preacher, sound in the faith, unspotted in character, and fitted for eminent usefulness." He married, in 1833, Jeannette Kyle, a daughter of James Kyle, a New York merchant,and they have three children: Jeanette Montgomery, Grace Beatrice, and Robert John.

Our county and its people
A descriptive and biographical history of
Bristol County, Massachusetts
Prepaired and published under the auspices of
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The Boston History Company, Publishers, 1899.

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