He was an experienced conference man and a leading member of his denomination. He was secretary of Caernarfon Baptist Association , 1906-10 , secretary of the Denbigh, Flint, and Merioneth Association , 1919-39 , and took particular responsibility from 1934 onwards for the requirements of the Sustentation Fund . He was president of the Assembly ( Cymanfa ) twice ( 1930-31 , 1954-55 ), and having previously addressed the Union ( 1910 , 1920 ) he was elevated president 1938-39 . He published his 1920 address, Crist a'r werin and the 1939 address, Yr Eglwys a'i chyfle heddiw . He was chairman of the Memorial Fund , the committee for the new hymnal, Y Llawlyfr Moliant Newydd ( 1955 ), and the Sustentation Fund committee ( from mid-1950s until his d.), and organizer in Wales for the Reorganizing Fund ( Trysorfa Ad-drefniad ; 1944 ).
He was a prolific writer and published a short memoir in J.T. Rees (ed.), Detholiad o donau, anthemau a rhanganau Dafydd Lewis, Llanrhystud ( 1930 ), and Yr eglwysi a'r Undeb. Y weinidogaeth a'i pherigl heddiw ( 1939 ). He was at the forefront in the revival of Seren Gomer in 1909 , was editor of the periodical, 1910-16 , laying special emphasis on his ‘notes on books’, and his articles down to the 1930s include biographies of contemporary Baptists of Wales , reports of annual conferences and substantial essays on various topics. He contributed much to Yr Hauwr (later Yr Heuwr ) and its successor Yr Arweinydd Newydd , from 1904 to the mid-1930s .
He was awake to the needs of the nation as well as his denomination. He was secretary of Llŷn and Eifionydd Temperance Association . Being a pacifist through and through, he was a member of the group which initiated Y Deyrnas , Oct. 1916 , and secretary and recorder for the Peace Conference which was convened at Llandrindod 3-5 Sept. 1917 . In 1940-41 he was chairman of the Committee for safeguarding Welsh Culture , and when it joined the National Union of Welsh Societies in 1941 to form the New Wales Union ( Undeb Cymru Fydd ) he was from the beginning a member of the Council and several committees of the new body and later chairman and president . The University of Wales conferred on him an hon. D.D. in 1961 , and many considered him to be the most important Baptist of the 20 c. in Wales .
He m. (1), 13 Apr. 1904 , Elizabeth Ellen Roberts ( 1896 - 1941 ), Holyhead ; (2) 20 May 1946 , Eleanor Thomas (b. Dodd ), Pen-y-cae , Wrexham . Two sons were born of the first marriage. He d. 9 May 1966 at his home, Tŷ Cerrig , Pen-y-cae , and his ashes were interred in his first wife's grave in his mother-church, Salem , Llanrhystud .
Benjamin George Owens, M.A., Aberystwyth
Published date: 2001