Some years ago I came by the 2-volume Dictionary of Evangelical Biography (1730-1860) which I admit is a bit obscure. But I thought I’d trawl its pages for entries on Swedish Christians to learn more about its notable figures and history.
Christopher Sundius (1754-1835) is an interesting figure even though I couldn’t find much more about him than listed in the DEB. Sundius studied in Lund, in southern Sweden and then became an officer in the navy, and offered his services on the British side against the Americans in their war of independence. The Swedish government at some point ordered Sundius to serve the French Navy but Sundius refused. He later became a translator for the British Admiralty.
In the late 1770s he moved to Britain and it was there that he was converted under the preaching of John Wesley in 1780 (the Foundery was the first Methodist place of worship is pictured above). He eventually married Wesley’s step-granddaughter Jane Vazeille. He was a fertile man, as both his first and second wife bore him nine children.
His most notable roles in missions related to his founding involvement in both the British and Foreign Bible Society and the London Missionary Society. According to the Methodist Archive he was “also a trustee of the Swedish Protestant Church in London and assisted in the formation of the Society of Friends of Foreigners in Distress.”