Shubal Stearns was born in Boston, Massachusetts on January 28, 1706. He was the son of Shubal Stearns and Rebecca Larriford. About 1745, Stearns joined the New Lights, as the converted Congregational communities that originated from, the ministry of George Whitefield in New England were designated. Called of God to proclaim the unsearchable of Christ, he speedily became a minister among the pious New Lights, and exercised his gifts among them until 1751. At this time, like many of his brethren, he was constrained by reading the Scriptures to accept believer’s immersion as the baptism of the New Testament, and after receiving this conviction, as the Saviour alone was his Master, he came out boldly as a Baptist. He was immersed on a profession of his faith, in Tolland, Connecticut by Wait Palmer, in 1751, and on May 20 of that year he was ordained to the Baptist ministry by Elder Palmer and Joshua Morse.
He was undoubtedly one of the greatest ministers that ever presented Jesus to perishing multitudes, and one of the most successful soul-winners that ever unfurled the banner of Calvary. He had a remarkable voice, he was eloquent, wise, humble, pathetic, full of faith, and wholly consecrated to God, and few men ever enjoyed more of the Spirit’s presence in the closet and in preaching the gospel.
William Cathcart, The Baptist Encyclopedia