Jones, Wilfred Lawson, M.A., PhD. (1902-1977)

Transcription of obituary published in the Minutes of Conference

WILFRID LAWSON JONES, M.A., Ph.D.: born in Rhostyllen, Denbighshire, on 1st January 1902. Coming from a strong Methodist background Lawson Jones entered the Primitive Methodist ministry in 1924 after training at Hartley College. For the first five years of his ministry he was on the President’s list, serving in Barnard Castle, Hamilton, Brough and Porth. His subsequent circuits were: Newbury Walkden, Crewe, Wrexham (Brynyffynon), Leeds (Brunswick), London (Leysian Mission), Hoylake and West Kirby, and Northampton. 

He was an outstanding preacher and pastor, as well as a considerable scholar. Early in his ministry he was permitted to train at Cardiff Medical School with the intention of serving as an ordained medical missionary. Unfortunately the depression of the late twenties did not permit the course to be completed—which was a great disappointment to him. However, while at Newbury he attended Reading University, graduating in Psychology and Philosophy, his M.A. thesis on ‘A Psychological Study of Conversion’ being subsequently published. Later on he gained his Ph.D. from Liverpool University with a thesis on‘The Social and Psychological Conditions of the Rise and Development of Methodism’. 

An essentially humble man, Lawson Jones had outstanding gifts of preaching: his style was simple, well illustrated and deeply thoughtful. As a pastor and teacher he was an inspiration, and there are many in Methodism who testify to the deep influence of his ministry and friendship. He is also to be remembered for the important part he played in the Commando Campaigns. In 1967 he retired to Wrexham, where for the next ten years he continued to exercise a remarkable ministry of preaching. 

He died suddenly on 7th March 1977, in the seventy-sixth year of his age and the fifty-third year of his ministry.

Family

Wilfred was born on 1 January 1902 at Rhostyllen, Denbighshire, to parents William Charles, a grocery shopkeeper (1911), and Mary Ellen.

Wilfred died on 7 March 1977 at Wrexham, Clwyd.

Circuits

  • Hartley
  • 1924 Barnard Castle
  • 1925 Hamilton
  • 1926 Brough
  • 1927 S Wales Mission
  • 1929 Brough
  • 1929 Newbury
  • 1934 Walkden
  • 1937 Crewe
  • 1940 Wrexham Brynyffnnon
  • 1943 Leeds Brunswick
  • 1947 Elysian Mission
  • 1953 Hoylake &c
  • 1960 Northampton
  • 1967 Wrexham (S)

References

Methodist Minutes 1977/73

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

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers

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