Shepherd, Enoch (1853-1931)

Primitive Methodist Magazine 1914
Primitive Methodist Magazine 1914
Primitive Methodist Magazine 1914
Primitive Methodist Magazine 1914

Early years

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.

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.

Family

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.

Circuits

  • 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)

References

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

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