HORDEN, John 1879 - 1951

Obituary from the Minutes of the Methodist Conference 1952, page 119

Born at Wellingborough, Northants., in 1879. He inherited a fine Methodist tradition both in the home and the local Methodist Church, and soon felt the strength of these influences.

Before his candidature he qualified as a solicitor and always approached administrative problems with the care and penetration such a training is likely to produce.

Before going to college, he went into circuit work for a short time, and after thirty-six years in the active work he was compelled to retire on the grounds of health, returning to his home town in 1941.

In all his circuits he won the esteem of the people by his thorough and sustained work, and he exercised a valued ministry in the pulpit, the business meeting and the home. There was a largeness of mind and heart that endeared him to his brethren, and meetings with them were a joy to him.

In things Connexional, he had a wide and keen interest, and the discussions in Synod and Conference were followed in detail.

In his retirement improved health made it possible for him to help in pulpit work, and he felt able to take over the pastoral responsibility for a section of the Wellingborough Circuit from which a probationer had been withdrawn. This he did for several years, and conditions did not daunt his spirit though his physical powers must have been sorely taxed.

He was a constant and encouraging hearer of the Word when he could no longer preach it, and his sound judgement and interest in affairs made a fireside talk with him a joy.

After a happy day spent in the country, he received a sudden call in the evening of 2nd August 1951.  In the seventy-third year of his age and the forty-seventh of his ministry.

©Trustees for Methodist Church Purposes 1952

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