ROBERTS Emanuel Berwyn, 1869 - 1951
Obituary from the Minutes of the Methodist Conference 1951. Page 137
Born at Rhwel, Llangollen, in 1869. Later, the family moved to Penygroes, Caernarvonshire, where, at the age of eighteen, he began to preach. In 1893 he was accepted for our ministry, and after spending two profitable years at Richmond College, commenced his active ministry in 1895.
During the following forty-one years he travelled in the three Welsh Districts, and in every circuit won the esteem of his people by the high standard of his
preaching, his conscientious pastoral work, and wise leadership.
Though frail of body, he possessed strong qualities of mind and character, and succeeded in making his ministry one of great power and influence.
His eminent administrative gifts were quickly recognized, and he was elected to fill the most important positions in Welsh Methodism.
In 1930 he was elected President of the Welsh Assembly. His keen and penetrating mind is revealed in his New Testament studies and his published
Commentaries on Ephesians, the Epistles of St. Peter, and on the Fourth Gospel are valuable contributions to Welsh literature.
As a preacher, his expository gifts were always prominent, but he never lost sight of the evangelical purpose of preaching.
As colleague and pastor his understanding, sympathy, and keen sense of humour endeared him to all, and his home was always a happy centre of Christian influence.
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After his retirement in 1936 he continued faithfully to serve the Church, and preached regularly to the last Sunday of his life. The end came unexpectedly.
He died on the 26th January 1951, in the eighty-second year of his age and the fifty-sixth of his ministry.