He was a notable preacher at the height of his power, and at times had fiery meetings. He was a mystic by nature, and despite his great interest in theology , his favourite study was the history and hymnody of the mystics . He was prominent in the life of his denomination, serving as Moderator of the South Wales Association ( 1938 ) and Moderator of the General Assembly ( 1945 ). He published a commentary on the Acts of the Apostles in 1925 and delivered the Davies Lecture in 1934 , which was published as a substantial volume in 1938 under the title Howel Harris yn Llundain . He steeped himself in the history and ethos of the Presbyterian Church of Wales ; he was chairman of the History Committee ( 1939-52 ), and he contributed a great deal to its journal. His astute articles on the Methodist ‘fathers’ appeared in the beautifully produced booklet published by the London Presbytery in 1935 to celebrate the bicentenary of the Methodist Revival . He was editor of Y Drysorfa ( 1929-33 ), to which he contributed much, as well as to Y Traethodydd and Y Goleuad . He had the natural instinct and meticulousness of the true historian , always insisting on consulting original sources. He tended to be diverted by minutiae, and that possibly is the weakness of his Davies Lecture . His pedantic and over-grammatical style was also a stumbling block for many of his admirers. He was a member of the committee for the Welsh Methodist hymnal ( 1927 ). He researched much of the history of the hymnwriters and their works , and prepared a useful handbook to accompany the collection, Emynau a'u Hawduriaid ( 1947 ; 1961 , ‘new edition, revised, with additions’, by Gomer M. Roberts ). As much as he had written of his intended biography of his famous uncle, Joseph Jenkins , was published in Y Drysorfa , 1961-63 .
Rev. Gomer Morgan Roberts, M.A., (1904-93), Pont-rhyd-y-fen / St Dogmael's / Llandybïe
Published date: 2001