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TUDOR , STEPHEN OWEN ( 1893 - 1967 ), minister (Presb.) and author ;

b. 5 Oct. 1893 at Llwyn-y-gog , Staylittle , in the parish of Trefeglwys, Mont. , son of Thomas and Hannah Tudor . He was educated at Newtown grammar school , and he served with the Welsh Guards in France during World War I . As a result of deep experiences he had during the war, he felt a call to enter the ministry. He went to University College , Aberystwyth (where he graduated with honours in philosophy), and to Lincoln College , Oxford (where he graduated with honours in theology). He won a David B. Mills Scholarship which enabled him to continue his studies at the Union Theological Seminary , New York , U.S.A. He served for a period as student-pastor of Marsden church , Saskatchewan , Canada before returning to Wales . He was ord. in 1927 and became minister of Gaerwen and Pensarn Berw , Anglesey ( 1927-29 ), Tabernacl , Porthmadog ( 1929-35 ), and Moriah , Caernarfon ( 1935-62 ). During World War II he served as a chaplain in the army . After retiring, he moved to Colwyn Bay , supervising the churches at Llanddulas and Llysfaen . In 1927 he m. Ann Hughes Parry of Machynlleth ; they had two sons and two daughters. He d. 30 June 1967 and his remains were buried at Llawr-y-glyn, Mont.

He was a prominent figure in the life of his denomination, being Moderator of the North Wales Association ( 1966 ). He delivered the Davies Lecture in 1959 on the Doctrine of the Incarnation , which was not published. He had an astute mind and developed deep convictions which he expressed with firmness from the pulpit and through the press. He contributed much to Y Traethodydd , Y Drysorfa , Y Brython and Y Goleuad , and was for years a regular columnist to the last two, writing a query and answer column, under the pseudonym ‘ Theophilus ’ in the latter. He published several books on religious matters: Protestaniaeth ( 1940 ), Ein cymunwyr ieuainc ( 1947 ), and Beth yw Calfiniaeth? ( 1957 ). He also wrote two detective stories: Cyfrinach yr Afon ( 1934 ) and Tranc y Rheolwr ( 1937 ), and before the end of his life he published a collection of essays, Hen Raseli ac ysgrifau eraill ( 1966 ).

Sources:

  • Blwyddiadur y Methodistiaid Calfinaidd , 1968 , 289-90;
  • Y Goleuad , 26 July 1967 ;
  • Y Drysorfa , 1966 , 70;
  • information from his widow.

Author:

Reverend Gomer Morgan Roberts, M.A., (1904-93), Pont-rhyd-y-fen / St Dogmael's / Llandybïe

Published date: 2001