John Roberts was among the leading preachers of his time, even though his voice was not suitable for the pulpit (see R.T. Jenkins 's opinion of him as a preacher in Cyfoedion ( 1976 ), 39-41). He was Moderator of the South Wales Association ( 1941 ) and Moderator of the General Assembly ( 1943 ). He delivered the Davies Lecture in 1930 on the philosophy of the history of the denomination, which was published in Welsh ( 1931 ), and in English under the title The Calvinistic Methodism of Wales ( 1934 ). (See again R.T. Jenkin 's assessment of this work which placed him in the forefront of historians of the Presbyterian Church , ibid. , 41-2). He contributed numerous articles to Y Goleuad , and to the periodicals of his denomination. His most valuable contribution to his Connexion was to establish a new scheme for planning and sustaining the ministry . He developed into a first-rate organiser and administrator . He had a discerning and disciplined mind which made him master of everything he undertook. It is interesting to note that his hobbies were heraldry , reading Who's who and maps, and mastering railway timetables .
Rev. Gomer Morgan Roberts, M.A., (1904-93), Pont-rhyd-y-fen / St Dogmael's / Llandybïe
Published date: 2001