Sainty, Francis John (1872-1953)
Francis was born in 1872 at Tyne Dock, Co Durham, to parents Mark John and Louisa. Mark worked as a dock pilot (1881).
Francis worked as a clerk before entering the ministry.
Francis spent the majority of his ministry in Scottish circuits. His obituary records that he was a man of many parts – student, pastor, evangelist, administrator – but what made him of one piece was his unreserved and ardent devotion to his Lord. He was a great evangelist, and by his passion to win souls he laid well and truly the foundations of the churches he served.
Francis served his district as Building Committee Secretary and as Missionary Secretary. He was also President of the Scottish Christian Endeavour Union.
Francis married Mary Emily Ward (1878-1953) on 29 December 1904 at the PM chapel, Belle Vue, Sandal Magna, nr Wakefield, Yorkshire. Rev Arthur Ward, the bride’s father, officiated. Census returns identify two children.
- Edith Alice (b abt1908)
- Arnold (1909-1912)
Francis died on 30 December 1953 at Glasgow, Lanarkshire.
- 1894 Glasgow II
- 1898 Greenock
- 1903 Glasgow III
- 1908 Shipley
- 1911 Bradford III
- 1913 Glasgow III
- 1925 Motherwell
- 1932 Edinburgh
- 1937 Glasgow (Sup)
Primitive Methodist Magazine 1924/704
Methodist Minutes 1954/128
W Leary, Directory of Primitive Methodist Ministers and their Circuits, 1990
Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers