He was equally energetic in London 's religious and Welsh life. From 1902-1965 he was a member of Tabernacl, King's Cross Welsh Congregational Chapel , a deacon 1921-1965 , and secretary 1940-53 . He was also the editor of the Tabernacl periodical, Y Lamp , from its inception. During the depression of the 1930s , when people from Wales flocked to London , he was conscious of the need to have Welsh chapels in the suburbs for them. In June 1936 , when he was the association's secretary he addressed the quarterly meeting on ‘ Extending the Boundaries ’, and a direct result was the establishment of a committee to undertake the work. Welsh Congregational chapels were established in Slough , Luton and Harrow . ‘ J.R. ’ was the person mainly responsible for establishing the cause at Harrow in 1937 , and under his leadership the church quickly grew to 200 members. As he was elected its first deacon and then made a deacon for life , he was, for 28 yrs. a deacon in two churches at the same time! He was also a leader in the Union of Welsh independents . From 1941-52 he was its treasurer , from 1949-50 its President . His address from the chair, at Caernarfon , on the subject ‘ The Call to Move Ahead ’, displayed the same missionary zeal and religious restlessness which characterised him throughout his life. He was one of the energetic directors of the London Missionary Society . He promoted everything Welsh , and in 1925 was at the forefront establishing the London Caernarvonshire Society . Prominent ( c. 1930 ) in establishing branches of Urdd Gobaith Cymru in several of London 's Welsh chapels, he was one of the first Vice-Presidents of the Urdd . He was president of the Association of the Societies of London-Welsh Churches and a staunch life-long supporter.
In 1913 he m. Lily Anna Jones (d. 1964 ), a Welsh lady born in London . At their home, ‘ Y Nant ’, Dollis Hill , there was an open door for a host of Welsh people, especially ministers of the Gospel . They had 3 daughters; Morfudd , who married J. Idris Jenkins , the first minister of the Welsh Congregational church at Harrow ; Gwyneth ; and Eluned Marian , who emigrated to Toronto , Canada , and who was President of the North American Welsh National Gymanfa Ganu Association 1976-78 . He d. 16 April 1965 .
Reverend Dr William Thomas Owen, (1914-2000), London
Published date: 2001