Bruce Steiner received his Ph.D. from the University of Virginia and teaches at Ohio University.
The year 1722/23 saw what, in the denominational usage of New Englanders, was called the Great Apostacy. The Rector of the recently founded College of Yale, and three of his colleagues, sought and received ordination from the Bishop of London. They came back as paid missionaries of the Society for the Propagation of the Gospel in Foreign Parts, zealous for the establishment of an American episcopal succession. Into this new group of missionaries Samuel Seabury was born in 1729.