From book entitled: The Baptist Encyclopedia
By: William Cathcart
Publisher: The Baptist Standard Bearer, Inc., 20014
Rev. Christopher Rhodes, was born May 20, 1821. His parents were James K. and Mary A. Rhodes. At the date of his birth they were members of the First church, Providence, R. I. His ancestors had been in the State from its earliest settlement. He was baptized in February, 1839, and united with the Third church. After pursuing a collegiate course until 1843, he was licensed to preach, and at once commenced a series of revival services, assisting churches in Rhode Island and Massachusetts. His first charge was the church in Allondale, near Providence. He assisted in organizing this church, and was ordained its first pastor in May, 1850. The subsequent pastorates of Mr. Rhodes have been Phoenix church, Warwick, R. . 1855-61 : Stewart Street church, Providence, 1861-64; First church, South Kingston, 1864-66; Stanton Street, N. Y.f 1866-74; Central church, Williamsburg, 1874 to present date. Daring these years he has devoted himself almost exclusively to pastoral work, and he has received many evidences of the divine blessing. Through his preaching converts have been added to tho churches, and he has had great success in building up weak interests and relieving them from financial embarrassment. Mr. Rhodes is a strong man mentally and physically, and one whose counsel is held in high esteem by ministers and churches.