Hill, Joseph Philip (1883-1939)

Transcription of obituary published in the Minutes of Conference

JOSEPH PHILIP HILL: born into a Methodist family at Chesterfield on November 22, 1883. Reared in an atmosphere of prayer and devotion, he was led early in life into the knowledge of saving grace, and served the church at Holymoorside as Sunday-school teacher, Class-leader, and Local Preacher. 

He entered Hartley College in 1908. The outstanding quality of his life was intense evangelical purpose, which he freely attributed to the influence of Bunyan’s writings. He lived to lead people to the Saviour, and his desire was abundantly fulfilled by frequent conversions throughout his ministry. The success of his work came through expository preaching and personal evangelism. Many of those he won were trained by him to preach; in every circuit he made preachers. 

He had a fine, chivalrous nature, and was an honoured minister of God. On October 11, 1938, after four months of serious illness, he passed away at the place where, thirty years before, he had received his call to the ministry.


Joseph was born on 22 November 1883 at Brampton, Chesterfield, Derbyshire, to parents Joseph, a farmer (1891), and Ann.

The 1901 census return describes Joseph as teaching in a Board School at the age of 17.

He married Dorothy Ida Hale (1899-1990) in the summer of 1918 in the Chepstow Registration District. The 1933 Methodist Who’s Who records they had two sons and one daughter.

Joseph died on 11 October 1938 at Chesterfield, Derbyshire.


  • Hartley
  • 1911 Nottingham V
  • 1914 Porth & Pontypool
  • 1915 Sleaford
  • 1916 Tredegar
  • 1919 Mansfield
  • 1922 Alford
  • 1927 Bristol I
  • 1931 Sunderland II
  • 1934 Chesterfield


Methodist Minutes 1939/202

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

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers

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