He was ordained minister of Tabernacle English Congregational church , Aberdare , in 1900 and played a prominent part in the public life of the town during his stay there. He was a Liberal member of the Town Council from April 1904 until April 1907 and formulated A Scheme and Syllabus of Moral and Biblical Instruction ( Aberdare , 1905 ) for the day-schools of Aberdare . In 1902 he married Lucy Evans of Bridgnorth ; two sons and one daughter were born of the marriage. In January 1914 he moved to Bangor to become Professor of Church History and English literature at Bala-Bangor Independent College . With the Principal , Dr Thomas Rees ( DWB , 830-1) , he took a leading role in publishing the pacifist newspaper Y Deyrnas from October 1916 to November 1919 . When Thomas Rees died in 1926 he succeeded him as principal , a post which he held until his own death on 7 March 1946 . His remains were buried in Glanadda Cemetery , Bangor .
Throughout his life he was deeply interested in education and was chairman of the north Wales branch of the Workers’ Educational Association from 1926 to 1946 . In the University of Wales he was Warden of the Guild of Graduates , 1930-33 and Vice-president of the University College of North Wales , 1944-46 . In his denomination he was chairman of the North Wales Congregational Union 1933-34 and President of the Union of Welsh Independents , 1939-40 .
He expressed his theological liberalism and his interest in public affairs in a host of articles and books. Important articles by him appeared in the Celt , The Christian Commonwealth and Geiriadur Beiblaidd . He contributed chapters to M.E. Sadler 's Moral Instruction and Training in Schools , 1905 ; to Welsh Political and Educational Leaders , on David Rees , Llanelli ; and on the Gospel according to St. Matthew to The Story of the Bible , 1938 . He edited Yr Efrydydd from April 1928 until Sept. 1931 and the Cofiadur from 1923 to 1946 . He also edited Hanes ac Egwyddorion yr Annibynwyr , 1939 . His other publications were: Y Tadau Pererin: eu Hanes a'u Neges , Merthyr Tydfil , 1920 ; Paul of Tarsus: the Apostle and his Message , York , [ 1916 ]; Dysgeidiaeth Iesu Grist first published in 1921 by the Union of Welsh Independents and revised and reprinted at Cardiff , 1937 ; The New Testament in Modern Education , London , 1922 ; (with G.A. Edwards ) Diwinyddiaeth yng Nghymru ( Traethodau'r Deyrnas ), 1924 ; Traethodau'r Diwygiad ( Cyfres y Werin , Rhif 14) Wrecsam , 1926 ; Y Bedwaredd Efengyl (2 Vols.), Abertawe , 1930 , 1931 ; Y Testament Newydd: ei hanes a'i gynnwys , Caerdydd , 1930 ; Sgwrs: Cymdeithas Addysg y Gweithwyr , Bangor , ( 1940 ).
Rev. Principal Robert Tudur Jones, D.Phil., (1921-98), Bangor
Published date: 2001