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EVANS , EBENEZER GWYN ( 1898 - 1958 ), minister (Presb.) ;

b. 31 May 1898 in Gellilenor Fawr , Llangynwyd, Glam. , youngest son of Benjamin and Gwenllian Evans -the mother being of the stock of David Morris ( 1787 - 1858 ), Hendre ( DWB , 658) . He was educated in Maesteg elementary and county schools. He began working on his father's farm before becoming a school-teacher for a period. He joined the army during World War I , and at the end of the war went to the University College , Aberystwyth (where he gained an honours degree in philosophy) and began preaching . He completed his education in the theological colleges at Aberystwyth and Bala . He was ord. in 1927 , and served in the ministry in Rock Ferry ( 1927-30 ), Cathedral Rd. , Cardiff ( 1931-36 ), Trinity , Swansea ( 1936-39 ), and Charing Cross Rd. , London ( 1939-58 ). In 1927 he m. Enyd Jane Jones , daughter of Edward Jones (‘ Iorwerth Ddu ’), minister , Maesteg , and they had two sons. He d. 23 July 1958 .

He was a refined and powerful preacher in both English and Welsh , and consequently received many calls for his services throughout Wales . He was chairman of the Union of Free Churches of England and Wales ( 1957-58 ). He wrote in Y Goleuad and Y Drysorfa , and in 1951 published a history of the first hundred years of Charing Cross Rd. church .

Sources:

  • J.M. Jones , Hanes Eglwys Tabor, Maesteg (1940) , 29;
  • Y Goleuad , 6 Aug. 1959 ;
  • Blwyddiadur y Methodistiaid Calfinaidd , 1959 , 263;
  • Y Drysorfa , Jan. 1959 ;
  • information from his son, Hywel I. Evans ;
  • personal knowledge.

Author:

Reverend Gomer Morgan Roberts, M.A., (1904-93), Pont-rhyd-y-fen / St Dogmael's / Llandybïe

Published date: 2001