Wood, Arthur (1875-1968)

Christian Messenger 1910
Christian Messenger 1910

Early years

Arthur was born in 1875 at Balby, Doncaster, Yorkshire, to parents George and Mary Ann. George was a railway carpenter (1891).

Arthur worked as a railway clerk before entering the ministry.

Ministry

Arthur distinguished himself as a preacher. He sustained two important pastorate with concentrated preaching – Coventry (Ford Street) for nine years and Hull (Bourne) for seven years. Lucidity combined with literary aesthetic quality distinguished his sermons, all based upon a sound theological and ethical foundation.

Throughout his ministry, Arthur had a wide field of vision. A careful reader in theology and ethics, he spread his wings into scientific regions and in particular the natural sciences. He wrote several books and contributed articles to such magazines as The Aldersgate, The Holborn Review and The Preacher’s Quarterly.

In 1930 Arthur was Secretary of the Conference.

On final retirement, Arthur settled in Grange-over-Sands, where he took an active interest in the little Cark Chapel, besides preaching regularly throughout the Ulverston Circuit until he was just turned ninety years of age.

Family

Arthur married Emily Robinson Page (abt 1871-1949) on 7 July 1900 at Harborne, Staffordshire. Census returns identify two of three children.

  • Arthur Beale (1901-1971)
  • George Beevers (1905-2000)

Arthur died on 26 February 1968 in the Ulverston Registration District, Lancashire.

Circuits

  • 1896 Portsmouth
  • 1898 Cambridge II
  • 1900 Leeds II
  • 1903 Lynn
  • 1907 Yarmouth
  • 1911 Blackheath
  • 1914 Coventry I
  • 1923 Hull VIII
  • 1930 Halifax I
  • 1933 Keighley
  • 1935 Sheringham
  • 1937 Superann
  • 1943 Glossop (Ac)
  • 1946 Leeds (Sup)

References

PM Minutes 1968/192

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

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers

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