Rev. Wisner Kinne, pastor of the First Baptist church of Romulus was born October 28th, 1859, in the town of Romulus. His parents were David Wisner Kinne and Mary L. Stone. They had eleven children, of whom he is the youngest and only living son. His mother died March 4th, 1872, leaving the memory of a dear, devoted life. In July, 1890, his father was stricken with apoplexy, and passed away, May 2d, 1891, closing a life of activity and earnestness for all needed reforms. Mr. Kinne's early life was spent on the farm. He attended the district school, the East Genesee conference seminary at Ovid, and Cazenovia seminary.
At the age of twenty-one he entered into a partnership with his father on the home farm, where he continued six years, then, yielding to his convictions of duty, he left business life to enter the Lord's service in a definite ministry. In January, 1888, he entered the New York Missionary Training college for a two years' course, spending much time in city mission work. The summer of 1888 was spent at Chappaqua, Westchester county, as superintendent of a union mission chapel.
His first pastorate was at Westbury, Long Island, where he spent two years. June 3rd, 1890, he was united in marriage to Miss Margaret W. Payne, daughter of John Wesley and Maria Sutherland Payne, of Ovid. They have two children, Dean Wesley and Paul Payne. June 12th, 1893, he was ordained to the ministry, in the Gospel Tabernacle church, New York city, spent one year in supplying the pulpit of the Ovid Center Baptist church; later accepted a call to become the pastor of the Baptist church at Troupsburg, Steuben county. February 10th, 1895, he accepted the pastorate of the church he now serves. His highest aim and deepest purpose is to glorify God by faithful service for immortal souls.
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