JONES, Alfred 1877-1962

Obituary from the Minutes of the Methodist Conference 1962, page 205

Born at Ellesmere, on the borders of Shropshire, in 1877. In 1901 he was accepted for a provisional year into the Ministry of the United Methodist Free Churches and was sent to Worcester.

He was denied the privilege of a college training but served faithfully in London, Litcham, Stonebroom, Camelford, Kingswood, Middlesbrough, Bury, New Mills, Ripley, South Shields, Bacup, Bristol, Derby, Haslingden and Birstall.

After forty-five years of devoted service as a circuit minister he became a supernumerary in 1948. The last twelve years of his life were spent at Bolton-le-Sands, where he exercised a tireless ministry of visiting in a growing community. and of preaching in the Lancaster and Morecambe Circuits.

He brought to his ministry outstanding gifts of administration to which were wedded a passionate love of people, an enquiring mind and a zeal for preaching.

He died as the result of an accident on 23 January 1962. within two days of his eighty-fifth birthday and in the sixtieth year of his ministry.

©Trustees for Methodist Church Purposes 1962

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