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EVANS , JAMES THOMAS ( 1878 - 1950 ), principal of the Baptist College, Bangor ;

b. 1 Mar. 1878 at Abercwmboi , Aberdare, Glam. , son of William Evans and his wife Ann Williams . The family moved to Pont-y-gwaith , and it was there that the son began to preach . He spent some time at the Pontypridd Academy before his admission to the college and the university at Bangor in 1900 , where he took an honours degree in Hebrew . He won the Dean Edwards prize and the George Osborne Morgan scholarship , and then proceeded to Leipzig to pursue a further course of study. He obtained the M.A. degree of the University of Wales in 1905 and the London degree of B.D. in 1910 . In 1906 he was elected to succeed Dr. T. Witton Davies ( DWB , 156-7) as professor of Hebrew at the Baptist College , and in 1923 followed Silas Morris ( DWB , 666) as principal of the college. He published many articles , a commentary on the Book of Amos ( 1924 ), and was one of the assistant-editors of Y Geiriadur Beiblaidd ( 1926 ). He also published a useful handbook on Old Testament religion ( Llawlyfr ar grefydd yr Hen Destament , 1928 ). He was president of the Arfon Baptist association , and he rendered valuable service to his denomination over many years in the churches of north Wales . He m. Annie Humphreys , 18 Sept. 1907 . He d. 28 Feb. 1950 and was buried in Glanwydden cemetery .

Sources:

  • Seren Cymru , 24 and 31 March 1950 ;
  • Edward Cefni Jones , Hanes Coleg y Bedyddwyr yng Ngogledd Cymru, 1862–1927 , 1928 , 104-6;
  • Penodau yn Hanes y Bedyddwyr Cymreig , 1949 , 119;
  • Who was who? , 1941-50 .

Author:

Rev. Principal Tom Ellis Jones, M.A., B.D., (1900-75), Bangor

Published date: 2001