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THOMAS , JOHN ( 1857 - 1944 ), minister (B) and author ;

b. 25 June 1857 at Maesteg, Glam. A collier , he began to preach , in English , after he had been injured at work, and went to an academy at Aberafan and, in 1881 , to the Baptist College , Pontypool . He won a scholarship (£30) to Bangor university college and at the end of the first session was awarded the Lord Penrhyn Scholarship (£50); he graduated B.A. and M.A. , University of London . He ministered at Saledine Nook , Huddersfield ( 1887-93 ), Myrtle Street , Liverpool , 1893-1914 and Sutton 1915-20 . He was lecturer in homiletics at Manchester College , and, after his retirement, he lectured at the Bible College , Swansea . He could preach in Welsh but in English he was one of the foremost preachers of his generation in England . He published volumes of sermons, books on the Old Testament and on philosophy, and volumes of poems, The Iris and other poems ; Psyche and other poems and Caniadau John Garth (the only work in Welsh ). He d. 20 Sept. 1944 and was buried at Gorseinon .

Sources:

  • Seren Gomer , 1935 , 47 and 1946, 1;
  • [ Baptist Handbook , 1944-46 , 330].

Author:

Rev. William Joseph Rhys, (1880-1967), Gelli, Rhondda / Treherbert

Published date: 2001