Born: April 29, 1751, Tiverton, Devonshire, England.
Died: December 17, 1836, Surrey, England.
Buried: Bunhill Fields, London, England.
Rippon attended the Baptist College in Bristol, England.
In 1775, he became pastor of the Carter’s Lane Baptist Church in London, where he served over six decades. He also edited the Baptist Annual Register for 12 years.
In 1787, he published his famous Selection of Hymns from the Best Authors, Intended to Be an Appendix to Dr. Watts’ Psalms and Hymns, which was reprinted 27 times, in over 200,000 copies. He was considered the foremost authority on the hymns of Isaac Watts.
At age 20, after the death of John Gill, Rippon assumed Gill’s pastorate, the Baptist meeting house in Carter Lane, Tooley Street, a post he held 63 years. The congregation moved in 1833 to the New Park Street Chapel in London.
Rippon’s church was later pastored by Charles Spurgeon before Spurgeon moved to the Metropolitan Tabernacle at Elephant and Castle in Southwark. Rippon’s Selection was used by the congregation until 1866, when Spurgeon produced an update called Our Own Hymn Book, which borrowed much from Rippon and Watts.
At the time of his death, Rippon was working on a book commemorating those buried in London’s Dissenter cemetery, Bunhill Fields, where he himself was buried.
His other works include: