GREGORY, Benjamin (D.Litt., LL.D.) 1875 - 1950

Obituary from the Minutes of the Methodist Conference 1950, page 158

Born at Torrington, Devon, in 1875. A member of a family distinguished in Methodism and in its ministry. Of the fifth generation of Methodist Ministers, the son of the Rev. J. Robinson Gregory, and grandson of Dr. Benjamin Gregory, he began his service in 1898, after training at Didsbury College, and quickly gave evidence of abilities and qualities above the average. Half his active ministry was spent in great city missions—Manchester, Huddersfield, and London—where his gifts of preaching and organization found full scope.

He possessed also the pen of a ready writer, and from 1918 to 1937 was Editor of the Methodist Times, and from 1937 to his death, a director and member of the editorial committee of the Methodist Recorder.

He was closely associated for many years with the Free Church Council, and was also deeply interested in reunion, and in the British Council and the World Council of Churches. In his later years he gave much service to the cause of religious films for evangelistic purposes, was honorary secretary of the Religious Film Society, and a director of Religious Films, Ltd.

A man of happy and genial temperament, he was beloved by a wide circle of friends. He maintained a firm grasp of the truth of the Gospel, and proclaimed it with conviction and power, for not only in central missions, but throughout the whole of his minstry, he was an evangelist.

He became a Supernumerary in 1943, but continued to give most active and vigorous help to the causes with which he had long been associated, as well as serving the church and local organizations at Selsey, in Sussex, with much acceptance.

He died on 20th July 1950, in the seventy-sixth year of his age, and the fifty-second of his ministry.

©Trustees for Methodist Church Purposes 1950

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