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GRIFFITH-JONES , WILLIAM ( 1895 - 1961 ), Independent minister and administrator ;

b. at Deiniolen, Caern. , 2 Nov. 1895 , the son of David and Mary Jones , members of Ebenezer Independent Chapel . The ministers at Ebenezer , J. Dyfnallt Owen and E. Wyn Jones , had a great influence on the young Griffith-Jones . When the family moved to Liverpool , he joined the English church in Great George St. During World War I , he served for two and a half years in Salonica , 1916-19 . After his military service , he began to preach and also studied at Manchester University and Lancashire College , a theological college, between 1919 and 1924 . Griffith-Jones was ordained in July 1924 at Freemantle Congregational Church , Southampton , where he served as minister until 1936 . Besides his work in the church, he was active with the Free Churches and wrote for the press . From 1936 to 1951 , he was the minister at the new Emmanuel Church in West Wickham . He became prominent in the Congregational Union of England and Wales and served on the board of the London Missionary Society . He was elected chairman of the London Congregational Union in 1949 . He was the Moderator of the Welsh Congregational Churches from 1951 to 1961 and developed a close relationship with religious movements in Wales . At the same time, he was the chairman of the committee for maintaining the ministry with the Congregational Union of England . When he was elected chairman of the English Union in 1958 , he became the third Welshman serving in Wales to be given that honour. As chairman , he delivered an address on ‘ The churches — their witness in the community ’. He presided at the discussions which led to the union of Brecon Memorial College and the Congregational section of Carmarthen Presbyterian College ; he was the first chairman of Swansea Memorial College .

Short in build, he had a lively mind and wide interests. He was also a powerful preacher , a careful administrator and an able chairman . He m. Annie Kathleen Speakman , 10 Sept. 1925 , and they had a son and a daughter. He d. 10 July 1961 , after a year-long illness.

Sources:

  • Who was who? ;
  • Blwyddiadur yr Annibynwyr Cymraeg , 1962 .

Author:

Evan David Jones, F.S.A., (1903-87), Aberystwyth

Published date: 2001