Carter, John (1876-1966)

Transcription of obituary published in the Minutes of Conference

JOHN CARTER: born at Old Hill, Staffs., in 1876, he entered the Primitive Methodist Ministry in 1905, after training in Hartley College. His ministry was exercised in the following circuits: Great Yarmouth, Alford, Horncastle, Market Rasen, Reading, Dudley, Kettering, Chelmsford, Swinefleet, Bedford, Thetford, Saffron Walden, and Bishops Stortford. 

The circumstances of his early life contributed largely to strength of character and devotion to duty. His elementary education was followed by training for work in a commercial office, where he formed habits and acquired skills which were outstanding all through his active ministry. Resourceful and adaptable, he was equally happy and successful in rural Lincolnshire, in industrial Worcestershire and in the university town of Reading. 

John Carter exercised a faithful and effective ministry as a preacher. As a pastor he was fully devoted to his people. Nothing was too much trouble for him where help, sympathy or encouragement were needed. Some of his appointments were to ‘problem’ circuits, calling for much tact, wisdom, and energy. He accepted the challenge and did much to solve the problems. His personal life gave clear witness to his faith in God, to his belief in the Gospel of Jesus Christ as the power of God unto salvation to all who believe, and to his love for people. His faithful preaching and devoted pastoral ministry comforted many in times of sorrow and anxiety, strengthened the faith of many hard pressed in two world wars, and added many to the Church. He had a keen sense of humour and loved to tell and to hear a good story. He loved music and found relaxation in a game of chess. He died on 8 October 1966, in the ninety-first year of his age and the sixty-second of his ministry.


John was born on 24 February 1876 at Old Hill, Staffordshire, to parents Tom, a cool miner (1881) and later an insurance agent, and Jane.

He married Eliza Gibson Wynes (1872-1947) the summer of 1909 at Bristol, Gloucestershire.

John died on 8 October 1966 at Watford, Hertfordshire.


  • Hartley
  • 1905 Yarmouth
  • 1907 Alford
  • 1909 Horncastle
  • 1912 Market rasen
  • 1915 Reading
  • 1921 Dudley
  • 1925 Kettering
  • 1928 Chelmsford
  • 1931 Swinefleet
  • 1932 Bedford I
  • 1935 Thetford
  • 1938 Saffron Walden
  • 1939 Bishop Stortford
  • 1944 Watford (Sup)


Methodist Minutes 1967/185

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

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers

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