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GIBBON , JAMES MORGAN ( 1855 - 1932 ), Independent minister ;

b. at Pont-Seli , Abercŷch, Pembs. , 1855 . He was a member of Bryn Seion ( Cenarth, Carms. ) church where Evan Herber Evans (q.v.) also was brought up. He was educated at Newcastle Emlyn and the Presbyterian College , Carmarthen ( 1872-5 ). In 1875 he was ordained minister of Tre-lech ; he joined the English connexion and was minister at Castle Street , Swansea ( 1880-5 ); Highgate , London ( 1885-9 ); and Stamford Hill , London ( 1889-1932 ). He d. 14 March 1932 .

He was exceptionally popular as a preacher and under his ministry the membership at Stamford Hill increased from 355 to 1,055. He was a prominent member of Caleb Morris 's club in London and remained a warm-hearted Welshman all his life. He was elected a member of the royal commission on the Church of England and other religious bodies in Wales and Monmouthshire ( 1910 ). He refused to sign its report, and at the request of the Free Churches , through F. B. Meyer , published a book explaining his point of view: Weighed in the Balance: The Case for Welsh Disestablishment , with a foreword by D. Lloyd George , 1910 . He was chairman of the Congregational Union of England and Wales ( 1913-14 ). He published: The Epistle to the Galatians , 1895 ; The Children's Year ; The Fatherhood of God ; The Disciples’ Prayer .

Sources:

  • The Congregational Year Book , 1933 ;
  • Hanes Eglwysi Annibynnol Cymru , v, 324;
  • Oriel Coleg Caerfyrddin , 1909 , 137;
  • Y Dysgedydd , April 1932 , 127.

Author:

Rev. Richard Griffith Owen, M.A., (1890-1973), Bangor

Published date: 1959