The way of dissenters was not easy for they met with much opposition. In 1790 a group of Baptist evangelists, arriving by boat in Saltash, were stoned by locals, but they were determined people. They would have begun by meeting in the homes of sympathisers, or any available building. By 1791, their efforts were rewarded, when Rev. Isaiah Birt and Rev. Philip Gibbs of Plymouth Dock acquired a plot of land in Silver St. Thus with non-conformity established in the Town in the name of the Baptist community of Protestant Dissenters, the first chapel was built. It is commemorated on a stone erected by Isaiah Birt’s son and also by the graves of his wife and family. These may be seen on the South wall of the present churchyard. In 1797 the Minister of the Baptist Tabernacle in Plymouth, the Rev. Isaac Taylor, took on the additional task of being our first Pastor. Non-conformism was spreading and in l807 the first Wesley Chapel opened. At this time the Vicar of St. Stephens, Rev. John Dawson, was claiming that Saltash ‘abounded with dissenters’!