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ROGERS , RICHARD SAMUEL ( 1882 - 1950 ), minister (B), editor and writer ;

b. 12 Aug. 1882 , at Pwll near Llanelli, Carms. , s. of John and Elizabeth Rogers . He started preaching there at the age of 15 when he was a pupil at the county school. He won the Dan Isaac Davies prize and graduated with honours in Welsh at the University College , Cardiff . He won the college and other bardic chairs , but soon abandoned poetry for theology . He was ordained at Soar (B) , Pontlotyn , in 1906 , and served ministries at Rhos , Mountain Ash , 1908-1915 , and at Gomer chapel , Swansea , 1915-48 . He retired in 1948 . His theological works include two volumes on eschatology — Y Deyrnas a'r Ail Ddyfodiad , 1914 , and Athrawiaeth y Diwedd , 1934 , the subject of his M.A. thesis. His commentary on the Book of Revelations appeared in 1944 and he published a volume of well-polished sermons entitled A'r Drws yn Gaead in 1948 . He contributed much to periodicals and to Y Geiriadur Beiblaidd . His two useful works on the Welsh language, Llyfr gloywi Cymraeg , 1920 , and Camre'r Gymraeg , 1926 , became popular.

He was a member of the National Eisteddfod council , the Gorsedd of Bards , the B.B.C.'s religious advisory committee , and the Swansea public library committee . For a considerable period he was principal of the Ilston preparatory school , and was president of the Welsh Baptist Union for 1946-47 . He edited the hymns for Llawlyfr Moliant Newydd , and was editor of Seren Cymru from 1936 until his death on 21 Feb. 1950 .

Sources:

  • The Baptist Union of Wales Handbook and Diary , 1951 ;
  • Seren Cymru , March, 1950 .

Author:

Rev. Richard Bryn Williams, M.A., (1902-81), Rhuthyn / Aberystwyth

Published date: 2001