In 1953 he was appointed Principal of Bala Preparatory College, and when that work was relocated to the United Theological College at Aberystwyth in 1964 he moved to become Warden of the College and director of the pre-theological department; he became a recognized lecturer in the Holy Scriptures within the Faculty of Theology of the University of Wales. He retired in 1976 and moved to live in Denbigh.
He was very assiduous as an author of standard works and as secretary and chairman of his denomination's committees in the fields of education and literature in particular. For years he contributed a weekly column on the curriculum for adult Sunday schools for Y Cymro. He wrote two volumes which cast a great deal of light upon the history of the Calvinistic Methodist Connexion in the first half of the twentieth century: a biography of one who hailed from the same town as he, Holyhead, and who had also taught at the Theological Colleges at Aberystwyth and Bala, David Williams (1877-1927) (1970), and a volume on the history of the disputes between the two World Wars concerning the formulation of the Short Declaration of Faith and Practice of the Presbyterian Church of Wales, Datganiad Byr ar Ffydd a Buchedd Eglwys Bresbyteraidd Cymru (1971), which had been the subject of his Davies Lecture in 1969. In addition he wrote a standard commentary on John's Gospel which was published as two volumes in 1956 and 1957. He also contributed a chapter on the theological debates, ‘Y Dadleuon Diwinyddol (1763-1814)’ to the second volume of Hanes Methodistiaeth Galfinaidd Cymru (1978) and edited a volume on Hanes Henaduriaeth Dyffryn Clwyd (1986).
He m. Anita Owen, the daughter of John Williams, South Beach, Pwllheli. She d. 7 July 1993, and he d. in St.Asaph 21 Apr. 1995 and was buried in the Denbigh town cemetery.
John Tudno Williams, Aberystwyth
Published date: 2008