McGain, John Adrian (1895-1979)

Transcription of obituary published in the Minutes of Conference

JOHN ADRIAN McGAIN: born in Port Erin, Isle of Man, on 19th January 1895. After military service and training for the ministry at Hartley College, John McGain served in the following circuits: Talke, Sheffield (Peter Street), Oldham (IV), Clay Cross, Sheffield (North East), Ellesmere Port, Grimsby (Hainton Avenue), Ripley, Coalville and Rhosymedre and Chirk. In 1962 he retired to the Oswestry Circuit where he continued to exercise a ministry of preaching until ill-health forced him to give up in 1978. 

John McGain was an able pastor and evangelist; he loved visiting and preaching and excelled in both fields. His sermons were clear and challenging and he had a magnificent delivery, using his voice with great effect. He was a first-class administrator, taking care over every task entrusted to him, never putting off until tomorrow what should be done today. John McGain had a generous nature and is remembered with gratitude and affection by the churches he cared for and by his former colleagues: he had a genuine interest in and love for people. He was a warm personality with a wide smile and a strong handshake that left you in no doubt of his welcome for you. He loved his Lord and the work that he was called to do. 

He died after a short illness on 19th July 1979 in the eighty-fifth year of his life and the sixty-first year of his ministry.


John was born on 19 January 1895 at Port Erin, Isle of Man, to parents Thomas, a railway guard (1911), and Isabella.

Before entering the ministry John worked as a grocer’s assistant (1911).

He married Lucretia Stansbie Mason (1899-1987) in the summer of 1928 at Sheffield, Yorkshire.  Birth records identify one child.                

  • Ishbel Nancy (1930-1997)

John died on 19 July 1979 at Wrexham, Clwyd.


  • Hartley
  • 1918 H.M. Forces
  • 1923 Talke
  • 1927 Sheffield III
  • 1930 Oldham IV
  • 1932 Clay Cross
  • 1937 Sheffield NE
  • 1941 Ellesmere Port
  • 1946 Grimsby Hainton
  • 1948 Ripley
  • 1953 Coalville
  • 1957 Rhosymedre &c
  • 1962 Oswestry (Sup)


Methodist Minutes 1980/70

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

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers

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