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EVANS , JOHN RICHARDS ( 1882 - 1969 ), minister (Presb.) and author ;

b. 10 Jan 1882 in Manchester House , Pen-y-graig , Rhondda, Glam. , son of William and Margaret Evans . He was educated in Cardiff High School , Porth secondary school , and, after beginning to preach , in the University College , Cardiff (where he graduated B.A. ), and Trefeca and Aberystwyth theological colleges (where he graduated in theology). He was ord. in 1909 , and served in the ministry in Bwlch, Brecks . ( 1906-10 ), and Bethlehem , Mountain Ash, Glam. ( 1914-39 ). He retired from pastoral care in 1939 , and lived in Cardiff for the rest of his life. He m. in 1941 Anne May Thomas .

He was one of the leading Presbyterians of his day, being Moderator of the Association in the South ( 1952 ), and Moderator of the General Assembly ( 1955 ). He and Bishop W.T. Havard (see below) were the first presidents of the Council of Churches in Wales ; he represented the churches in Wales in the first Congress of the World Churches Council . He also represented his Connexion in the Presbyterian Alliance . In 1938 he delivered the Davies Lecture Cristnogaeth a'r Bywyd Da , which was published in 1941 . Prior to that he had published a useful textbook on the prophets, Y Proffwydi a'u cenadwri ( 1923 ). He wrote much for the Goleuad , Y Drysorfa and Traethodydd , being one of the editors of the latter from 1952 until his death. He d. 10 Feb. 1969 , and was buried in the family grave, in Trealaw , Rhondda .

Sources:

  • Y Traethodydd , 1969 , 134-6;
  • Blwyddiadur y Methodistiaid Calfinaidd , 1970 , 279-80;
  • information from his widow (per M.R. Mainwaring, Cardiff );
  • personal knowledge.

Author:

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

Published date: 2001