“The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world.” (John 1:29)
“Baker had a spectacular conversion, and was zealous for his Lord.” (Lloyd A. Cooke)
An American freed slave, Moses Baker had a spectacular conversion, and was zealous for his Lord. He was hired by a Quaker estate holder from the ‘Stretch and Set’ plantation near Adelphi, St. James, to teach his slaves. George Lascelles Winn hired Moses Baker’s wife to be a seamstress for his slaves. However, not desiring to separate husband and wife, and hearing that Baker was a preacher, he hired him also to ‘teach his slaves’.
In 1784, Baker established the first Baptist church in western Jamaica. That congregation, Crooked Spring Baptist Church, later moved to Salter’s Hill. It later was the church of Samuel Sharpe, Baptist deacon and national hero. Thus was Baptist work in Jamaica spread. Later, Baker wrote to the English Baptists to send them missionaries, in order to overcome the hindrance of preaching to the slaves that were put in their path by the Consolidated Slave Laws of 1802-1810. The first white Baptist missionaries came to Jamaica in 1814, 30 years after these American freed slaves had began their missionary work in Jamaica.