. After having had such elementary education as was available at that time in his neighbourhood, he became a
for five years. He was admitted to membership at
20 Jan. 1782
, and before long his gift for extempore prayer became widely known. When he was about 17 years of age he began to
. He then spent four years at
Glandŵr school, Pembs.
], paying particular attention to
and divinity, but also acquiring a fair knowledge of
. He was ordained at
Capel Iwan, Carms.
13 March 1770
, and spent the whole of his ministry in this one district. Influenced by his powerful preaching, his churches experienced a strong spirit of revival, which continued throughout his ministry. His doctrinal views were those of a
, but he was more an evangelist than a theologian in his preaching.
founded new churches
. He was also largely responsible for
founding and strengthening various English churches
, and, at the same time, worked zealously for the
. He maintained close contact with the directors of the
London Missionary Society
and it was through his enthusiasm, and that of
and others, that the missionary movement acquired such impetus in the
churches. He published
Y Dydd yn Gwawrio
(a book on the foreign missions, together with some hymns — see
Emynau a'u Hawduriaid
, 220 and 134),
Gogoniant y Byd Hwn
, and other small books. He was one of the most influential preachers of his age. He d.
23 Dec. 1835
Y Tadau Anibynnol
, ii, no. 4;
Hanes Eglwysi Annibynnol Cymru
, iii, 400-2;
- Cefnarthen church book.
Rev. John Dyfnallt Owen, M.A., (1873-1956), Aberystwyth