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LEWIS , JOHN (GOMER) ( 1844? - 1914 ), Baptist minister and orator ;

b. June 1843 (1844? ) at Pensarn , Llangeler, Carms. , son of John Lewis , a tradesman and Baptist deacon . He was baptized at the age of 14, grew to maturity under the ministry of Benjamin Thomas ( Myfyr Emlyn , q.v.) , and began to preach in 1862 . In 1864 he left the Newcastle Emlyn grammar school and went to Haverfordwest Baptist Colleg e . In 1867 he was ordained minister of Salem chapel , Maes-teg . New Salem was built, and by 1878 had admitted over 1,100 members. In March 1878 he went to Belle Vue , Swansea , and after the opening of Capel Gomer in March 1891 added the name ‘Gomer’ to his own. He was regarded by the poor as a great philanthropist , was celebrated as a preacher , and had no rival as a lecturer . In 1898 he was chairman of the Union of Welsh Baptists , the subject of his address on that occasion being ‘ Our Nation and our Religion .’ He d. 11 July 1914 at Bron-deg , Tre-fach , and was buried at Saron , Llangeler .

Sources:

  • Seren Cymru , 17 July 1914 ;
  • T. Morgan (Skewen), Darlithiwr enwocaf Cymru sef y Parch J. Gomer Lewis, Abertawe , Carmarthen, 1911 , 1911 ;
  • Baptist Handbook , 1915.

Author:

Rev. William Caradoc Davies, B.D., (1907-83), Aberystwyth

Published date: 1959