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YOUNG , JAMES JUBILEE ( 1887 - 1962 ), Baptist minister ;

b. 15 May 1887 , the year of Queen Victoria 's jubilee , s. of Thomas and Eunice Young ( Revs. Jabes , Glasnant and Owen Young were his brothers). He was born in Maenclochog, Pembs. , but he was brought up in Aberavon, Glam. , and as a young man he moved to Tonypandy , Rhondda Valley , to work in a draper's shop . A member of Moreia Baptist church he began to preach there in 1906 and the following year enrolled at Old College School , Carmarthen . He was ord. minister of Capel Rhondda , Pontypridd in 1910 and he ministered later to churches in Felinganol ( 1914 ) and Seion , Llanelli ( 1931 ). He retired in 1957 . His gifts as a powerful preacher were clear from the start and he became one of ‘the princes’ of the Welsh pulpit. He was regularly invited to preach at denominational meetings , and he preached at the St. David's Day service at City Temple , London in 1922 , at Central Hall , Liverpool in 1923 , and at the Welsh service at the Baptist Union of Gt. Britain in Cardiff in 1924 . He was president of the Pembrokeshire meeting ( Cymanfa ) in 1929 , and president of the Welsh Baptist Union in 1946 . He d. 23 Jan. 1962 leaving a widow Mya (née Jones of Capel Rhondda ) and one son.


  • The Baptist Union of Wales Handbook and Diary , 1963 ;
  • Portreadau'r Faner , 1, 7-9;
  • record (Qualiton, DAF 212, 1969 ) preaching one of Christmas Evans's sermons.


Dr Brynley Francis Roberts, Aberystwyth

Published date: 2001