1800–1870

Ju­ly 6, 1800, Lau­sanne, Swit­zer­land.

De­cem­ber 12, 1870, Ve­vey, Swit­zer­land.

Charles was the son of Al­phonse Lou­is Re­cor­don (Al­phonse Re­co­rdon?) and Mar­gue­rite Clerc, and husband of Lou­ise Cath­er­ine Wal­ther.

Ordained in 1824, he served as pas­tor of the French Pro­test­ant Church of Flor­ence, It­a­ly (1829–31). Back in Swit­zer­land, he be­came a preach­er of the or­a­to­ry of Vev­ey (nu­cle­us of the fu­ture Free Church) where he co-found­ed the So­ci­é­té pour la Sanc­ti­fi­ca­tion du Di­manche in the can­ton of Vaud (1834).

In 1840, he gave up his po­si­tion in the na­tion­al church, as he no long­er sup­port­ed gov­ern­ment in­volve­ment in ec­cle­si­as­ti­cal mat­ters.

Soon af­ter, he joined the Dar­by­ites, where he min­is­tered three de­cades and was first ed­it­or of their ma­ga­zine Le Mes­sa­ger Évan­gé­lique, found­ed in 1860.

He was known as a writ­er, po­et and hym­nist, and col­lab­o­rat­ed on the 1855 Ve­vey trans­la­tion of the New Test­a­ment. His oth­er works in­clude:

  1. Béni Soit le Seigneur, Notre Dieu, Notre Père
  2. Chantons, Chantons sans Cesse
  3. Chantons, Frères, Chantons de Notre Tendre Père
  4. Dieu d’Amour, Dieu de Toute Grâce!
  5. Du Sein de la Faiblesse
  6. Jésus, le Fils de Dieu
  7. Louons d’un Même Cœur Notre Dieu, Notre Père
  8. Par Jésus-Christ Nous T’Offrons
  9. Seigneur, Toi Qui pour Nous T’Offris en Sacrifice
  10. Ta Justice Parfaite et Pure
  11. Tu Donnes la Grâce et la Gloire