LOWTHER, WILLIAM HAROLD 1878 - 1950

Obituary from the Minutes of the Methodist Conference 1951. Page 119

Born at North Cave, Yorkshire, on the 23rd July 1878.

He was the son of the Rev. W. B. Lowther and one of three brothers who all entered the ministry of the Wesleyan Church.

He was accepted as a candidate in 1901, and after his training at Didsbury College, went out to the Transvaal District, South Africa, where for twenty years he gave distinguished and devoted service to the Church.

Returning to England in 1924, he ministered to northern circuits, and at Skegness did most valuable work during the war years as chaplain.

In 1949 he went to live at Much Birch, Hereford, immediately entered into the life of the circuit, and was soon in demand as a preacher in the Free Churches of the District. He also, by his presence, strengthened and inspired the Methodist fellowship in the little village chapel near his home. His nature was most friendly and brotherly, and to talk with him was to be quickly admitted into the intimacy of a deep and rich religious experience.

On the last Sunday of his active ministry he deeply impressed his congregation by his message, and in the evening made the comment : “I’ve had a great day”.

As he lay in the hospital waiting for an operation, he found comfort and strength in thinking of the theme of a sermon he had recently preached from the words “For me to live is Christ “. This was to him not only the text of a sermon but the satisfying experience of his life and ministry.

He died on the 28th July 1950, in the seventy-second year of his age and the forty-sixth of his ministry.

©Trustees for Methodist Church Purposes 1951

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