Enoch Shepherd

Photo:Primitive Methodist Magazine 1914

Primitive Methodist Magazine 1914

Photo:Primitive Methodist Magazine 1914

Primitive Methodist Magazine 1914

1853-1931

By Geoff Dickinson

Early years

Enoch was born in 1853 at Rock, Wellington, Shropshire, to parents George and Rebecca. George was a coal miner. Enoch was born into a Methodist Family, of which three became ministers and two local preachers.

Enoch was converted at the age of twenty. With his conversion came not only the call, but a passion for service; in the Sunday School, in visiting and in preaching. He worked as a blacksmith before entering the ministry.

Ministry

In his preaching, there was a restrained passion, a refined culture, and a fervent evangelism. His message was always fresh, breezy, and living, intensely spiritual and evangelical.

Enoch served a term on prison as a passive resister.

When he superannuated in 1918, Enoch became the President’s assistant to Rev W.A. Hammond. The following year he took charge of the church at Shoreham. After a time in Liverpool, where his daughters were schoolteachers, Enoch moved to Worcester in 1929.

During his ministry, Enoch superintended the erection of five churches, two schools and a manse.

Family

Enoch married Ada Fairly Munslow (1860-1938) in the spring of 1883 at Redditch, Worcestershire. Census returns identify three daughters.

  • Ethel (b1884) – married Arthur James Walters, a cashier (1911)
  • Ada Maud (1887-1944) - married Edward George Long in 1937
  • Gladys Gwendoline Munslow (1898-1977) – married John Evans Ineson Laking, a PM Minister

Enoch died on 16 August 1931 at Worcester, Worcestershire.

Circuits

  • 1878 Bishop’s Castle
  • 1879 Lichfield
  • 1880 Redditch
  • 1881 Bromsgrove
  • 1882 Ludlow
  • 1884 Oldhill
  • 1887 Cradley Heath
  • 1889 Blackheath
  • 1892 Haslingden
  • 1897 Helmshore
  • 1899 Leigh
  • 1903 Manchester III
  • 1907 Walsall
  • 1912 Chatham
  • 1916 Quinton
  • 1918 Quinton (S)

References

Primitive Methodist Magazine 1914/546

PM Minutes 1932/332

W Leary, Directory of Primitive Methodist Ministers and their Circuits, 1990

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers

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