DUNNING, Joseph - Died 1836
Obituary Minutes of Conference 1837
Joseph Dunning. Very early in life he was deeply convinced that he was a sinner, and by faith obtained a sense of the pardoning mercy of God.
His temper of mind was open and generous ; and as a friend he was steady and sincere. He was an agreeable and faithful fellow-labourer in the Lord’s vineyard, an acceptable and useful Preacher, and firmly attached to our doctrine and discipline.
He was dutiful as a son, and as a husband and father tender and affectionate. The disease which terminated his life had for some years made frequent attacks upon him ; but he was never wholly laid aside from his ministerial duties until September, 1835.
His last affliction was long and severe ; but he bore it with great patience, though he sometimes expressed a desire to be restored, that he might again preach Christ to perishing sinners. His confidence was strong in the Lord, and he often rejoiced in the prospect of being with Him. Some of his last words were, ” I have hold of Christ, and will keep hold.”
He died August 18th, 1836, in the forty-fourth year of his age, and the twenty-fifth of his ministry.