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JOHN , WALTER PHILLIPS ( 1910 - 1967 ), minister (B) .

Born 31 January 1910 at Gilfach , Bargoed, Glam. , the second of five children of the Rev. D.R. John and his wife, Susannah Mary (née Rees ) , both from Penygroes near Ammanford . The father was minister at Bargoed , Porth ( Rhondda ), Abercynon and the historic church at Rhydwilym . Walter P. John was educated at Mountain Ash Grammar School and the Baptist College and University College , Cardiff ( 1928-34 ), graduating in Arts and Divinity. Whilst in the grammar school he and R.E. Griffith established the first branch of Urdd Gobaith Cymru in south Wales at Abercynon .

He began his ministry at Tabernacl , Pontarddulais in September 1934 and in October 1938 he moved to London to take charge of the Welsh church at Castle Street , where he remained until his death on 15 March 1967 . He m. Nansi , only child of Morgan A. Jones , minister (B) at Whitland, Carms. , and grand-dau. of Daniel Jones , his predecessor. Walter P. John achieved prominence early in his career as a cultured preacher , whose services were in great demand in his own and other denominations in England and Wales . He also mastered the art of broadcasting . Liberal in standpoint, he was zealous for mutual understanding and cooperation among the Christian bodies of Wales . A volume of his sermons Rhwydwaith Duw ( 1969 ) appeared posthumously and he was joint author with Gwilym T. Hughes of a history of Welsh Baptists in London , Hanes Castle Street a'r Bedyddwyr Cymraeg yn Llundain ( 1959 ).

Sources:

  • The Baptist Union of Wales Handbook and Diary , 1968 ;
  • a tribute by Sir Ben Bowen Thomas in Rhwydwaith Duw casgliad o homilïau a phregethau (1969) ;
  • and personal knowledge.

Author:

Morgan John Williams (1910-95), Sketty, Swansea

Published date: 2001