JENKINS, Joseph 1886 - 1962

Obituary from the Minutes of the Methodist Conference 1962, page 213

Born at Pontrhydygroes, Cardiganshire, in 1886. Educated at Ysbyty Ystwyth Elementary School, he started work at the age of thirteen as a miner in the Cardiganshire lead mines, and then entered Watkyn Wyn’s Academy at Ammariford.

After a term as a Lay Agent on the Llandilo Circuit he was accepted as a candidate for the Ministry. He was trained at Handsworth College after a precollegiate year at Aberayron.

He then travelled in the following circuits : Lampeter, Llandilo, Machynlleth, Tredegar, Aberystwyth, Beaumaris, Caernarvon, Pwllheli and Blaenau Ffestiniog.

Every circuit he served found him to be a fine circuit minister and a preacher and pastor of outstanding merit.

He wrote fifteen children’s books and several plays and commentaries, and was a frequent contributor to Welsh journals and newspapers.

He was the winner of several bardic chairs. In 1947 was awarded the Sir 0. M. Edwards prize for literature.

He was elected President of the Welsh Assembly in 1952.

He died on 21 April 1962, in the seventy-sixth year of his age and the forty-ninth of his ministry.

©Trustees for Methodist Church Purposes 1962

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