Raised in Lille (North) where he was born August 9, 1817 in a Catholic family, he converted as a result of contact with Jean-Baptiste Crétin and was baptized by Joseph Thieffry, on Christmas day 1837. He entered the Protestant Normal School of Lille (under the authority of pastor Marzials) where he met Foulboeuf.
He was subsequently educated at the Baptist Pastoral School in Douai. He was ordained May 22, 1842 in the Baptist church of Baisieux (North).
After having worked for a short period as an evangelist at Rûmes (Belgium) he served as pastor in Chauny (Aisne, Picardy) for 23 years, during the “dark years” of the Second Empire. As a “non recognized protestant”, he was briefly jailed twice.
After Chauny, he then served as a pastor in Paris for 21 years (48, Rue de Lille) and finally in Montbéliard (Doubs), for six years, where he spent the rest of his life, dying August 4, 1890.