Prominent Parishioners

Samuel Skelton - The Church's first pastor (1629-1634).

Francis Higginson - The author of the Church's Covenant and its first teacher (1629-1630)

Roger Williams - Founder of the First Baptist Church in America; third minister of this church in 1635.

Hugh Peter - The Church's fourth minister (1636-1641) return to England and became chaplain to Oliver Cromwell and was hanged, drawn and quartered for complicity in the death of King Charles I.

Rebecca Nurse & Giles Cory - Two of the victims of the witchcraft hysteria of 1692, were members of this Church.

Other notables include:

Nathaniel Hawthorne - And the Hawthorne family

Jones Very - Transcendentalist

Lincoln F. Bingham - Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Massachusetts

Arthur Foote - Composer

Edward Sylvester Morse - Biologist and authority on Japanese culture

Nathaniel Peabody - Father of the Peabody sisters: Sophia Peabody Hawthorne, Mary Peabody Mann, and Elizabeth Palmer Peabody.

Leverett Saltonstal - lFirst mayor of Salem

Charles Dexter Cleveland - American Consul at Cardiff

Henry K. Oliver - Organist and composer

Elizabeth Peabody - Author, editor, publisher, educator, founder of American kindergartens, 

Mary Peabody Mann - Educator, author, wife of Horace Mann

Sophia Amelia Peabody Hawthorne - Artist, author, educator, wife of Nathaniel Hawthorne

Susan Burley - Literary patron (including Nathaniel Hawthorne's), 
salon/"Conversations" hostess, Transcendentalist