Shepherd, Enoch (1853-1931)
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.
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.
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.
- 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)
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