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THOMAS , IDRIS ( 1889 - 1962 ), minister (B) ;

b. 1889 , the eldest of the seven children of Jenkin and Ann Thomas , Cilfynydd, Glam. When he was six yrs. old the family moved to Moriah , near Aberystwyth , where his grandfather, Jenkin Thomas ( c. 1824 - 1865 ), had been a minister (B) . He went to work in a shop in Aberystwyth when he was 13 yrs. old but 3 yrs. later he returned to the south, to Abercynon , where he was encouraged to begin preaching . He went to the Old College School , Carmarthen for 18 months, and to Bangor College ( 1911-14 ). In 1914 he was ord. minister of Seion , Nefyn and Caersalem , Morfa Nefyn , and soon became one of the most prominent preachers of his denomination. He moved to Dinas Noddfa , Landore , Swansea ( 1919-23 ); Rehoboth and Clawdd-coch , Cilrhedyn, Carms. ( 1923-37 ), and Tabernacl , Cefn-mawr , near Wrexham ( 1937-62 ). His sermons were well structured and had the power of conviction. He had a deep, pleasant voice and delivered his sermons in fluent, refined Welsh.

He m. in 1923 Nan Evans , Glanyrafon , Cenarth (who d. in a road accident , 28 Feb. 1936 ). His sister, Rachel Ann Thomas , who looked after him afterwards in Bro'r Awelon , Acrefair , was president of the Zenana in Wales . He d. 14 June 1962 , soon after being elevated president of the Baptist assembly .

Sources:

  • The Baptist Union of Wales Handbook and Diary , 1963 .

Author:

Dr Mary Auronwy James, Aberystwyth

Published date: 2001