PICKLES, John 1887 -1950

Obituary from the Minutes of the Methodist Conference 1950, page 137

Born at Haworth, Yorkshire. He became a local preacher at the age of sixteen, was trained for the Ministry at Richmond College, and began his circuit life in 1911. His ministry included fourteen years in the Stoke and Macclesfield District, six years in the Lincoln and Grimsby District.

In all his circuits he expended his energies wholeheartedly in the work of the Church, and left behind him grand memories and a host of friends. He faced life with humour and with courage, and his people responded quickly to his genial disposition and warm friendliness.

He was a loyal colleague and a conscientious Superintendent, and took great care with the detail of administration.

His preaching was evangelical, and was characterized by the winsome happiness that belonged to his own nature. Early in life he was a good tenor soloist in oratorio, and he sang much in his own services, to the great delight and profit of his hearers. Throughout his ministry his eager enthusiasm and self-effacing service made him an acceptable and beloved pastor of his people.

In the Swansea Circuit his heart condition gave rise to much anxiety but in spite of the fact that he was battling against ill-health, he continued to serve the Church with courage and devotion, even taking on additional duties.

He went to Pontypridd in September 1949, but on Christmas Day he was again taken ill, and he died on 2nd January 1950, in the sixty-third year of his age and the thirty-ninth of his ministry.

©Trustees for Methodist Church Purposes 1950

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