WRIGHT, Ernest Hotchin (M .A.) 1900 - 1961

Obituary from the Minutes of the Methodist Conference 1962, page 190

Born at Bradford in 1900. After being trained at Wesley House, he served in Altrincham, Birmingham Mission, Paisley Mission, Cleethorpes, Finsbury Park, Ilford, and Walton-on-Thames.

Throughout his ministry he was a keen student. Literature, art, music and the natural world were all realms dear to him. His preaching was of consistently high quality, and he himself was ” a living sermon of the truth he taught”.

A worthy evangelist, he offered Christ as the Lord of all life, and faithfully taught the Gospel for man and society. Above all, however, he excelled as a pastor. He loved people, radiated friendliness, and was keenly sensitive to men’s needs. During the second World War he was a Civil Defence welfare worker in Cleethorpes, and lovingly ministered to many who were directly involved in air raids and disasters at sea.

He won the affection and confidence of old and young alike, and of many outside the Church as well as of those within. He had a great sense of humour and his laughter was not only hearty but kindly. He was entirely free from selfish ambition, and was impatient of anything that savoured of place-seeking. His whole purpose was to glorify his Lord.

When he went into the hospital where he died, he took with him a well-used book of prayers in which he had marked the passages he found helpful ; their themes were the majesty and love of God, and the need for the grace of humility in those who would share His Spirit. Humility was a quality which he possessed in a marked degree, and therein lay the secret of his goodness and of his most fruitful ministry.

He died on 1 August 1961, in the sixty-first year of his age and the thirty-eighth of his ministry.

©Trustees for Methodist Church Purposes 1962

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