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EDWARDS , MILES ( 1743 - 1808 ); Baptist minister ;

b. at Goytre, Mon. , in 1743 . His father ( Rev. Thomas Edwards , Llanwenarth ) d. in 1746 and his mother removed to Pontypool , where (at Pen-y-garn , in 1766 ) he began to preach . Trained at Trosnant , at Leominster , and at Bristol Baptist Academy , he was ordained in 1775 as assistant minister at Bethedsa ( Bassaleg, Mon. ). In 1776 he was elected minister of a new church which was gathered in his house, Wern , near Pontypool , and which, in 1779 , settled at Upper Trosnant . He ministered there until his death on 25 Sept. 1808 , and he was buried in the chapel burial-ground. Miles Edwards was considered a good scholar , and an effective preacher in Welsh and English . A frequent itinerant , he periodically ministered to a congregation at Coleford . Although Jonathan Edwards was perhaps his favourite theologian , his theology was a very qualified Calvinism , and his influence undoubtedly helped to liberate the Welsh Baptist pulpit from the doctrinal rigidity and restricted appeal of the current hyper- Calvinism .

Sources:

  • Hanes y Bedyddwyr ymhlith y Cymry , 575;
  • Cymru yn hanesyddol, parthedegol, a bywgraphyddol , 1875 ;
  • Geiriadur Bywgraffyddol o Enwogion Cymru i, 238;
  • Notable Welshmen (1700–1900) , 1908

Author:

Rev. Edward William Price Evans, M.A., (1887-1972), Pontypool

Published date: 1959