The church doors were even locked when Rev. Duffield first came to preach. Legend says supporters threw him into the church through a window, then unlocked the doors for the parishioners.
While Rev. Duffield was preaching that day, a messenger from the King’s Court came in and read Rev. Duffield “The Riot Act.” A member of the congregation grabbed the man, set him down outside, and said, “Continue Mr. Duffield.” (You’ll see Rev. Duffield’s tree sculpture on the western side of the churchyard.)
In Duffield, they got a fighting preacher – the British put a 50 £ price on his head
Duffield later became Chaplain of the Pennsylvania Militia and co-Chaplain of the Continental Congress.
Eleven days after the Battle of Lexington and Concord, Rev. Duffield announced to his congregation: "There are too many able-bodied men here today. Tomorrow, I shall join the cause.” The next day, 91 men from the church followed their pastor. (In eight years of the Revolutionary War, 590 men from Old Pine served the cause of freedom – from one small parish).
- George Whitefield, who led the Great Awakening, spoke on the site of this church before it was built.
- Even though Philadelphia is mostly associated with William Penn and the Quakers, by 1739 Presbyterians outnumbered all other denominations in Philadelphia.
- Twice Rev. Duffield refused an invitation to become the assistant minister at the Second Presbyterian Church, because he was not the right person for that congregation. He was right for the Third.
John Adams’ quotes
He referred to Duffield as “my parish priest” in the book, “George Duffield, Revolutionary Patriot.” In addition, Ronn Shaffer, Old Pine’s now-deceased, long-time church historian, said Adams referred to Duffield as “The Patriot Pastor” and to Old Pine Church as “The War Office."