RALPH, Arundell 1872 - 1950

Obituary from the Minutes of the Methodist Conference 1950, page 149

Born at St. Columb, Cornwall, in 1872. To the end of his life he retained a loving interest in the district in which his early years were spent. Since his retirement from the active Ministry he had counted it a great joy to render any assistance to the old home circuit.

He entered the Bible Christian Ministry in 1898 after a year at college, and often spoke with pride and affection of his old denomination and the fellowship of the Ministry he had been privileged to enjoy. This he found was not lost, but rather amplified in the wider union of the United Methodist and later of the Methodist Church.

He travelled in various circuits ranging from Jersey to Gateshead, and in all is remembered with gratitude. Before the larger union, he was appointed Chairman of the last Exeter and Shebbear District, and in his inaugural address paid gracious tribute to the workers of the past and spoke with confidence of the future. ‘ We will face the new road also with a Doxology to God in which shall be found all the notes of a big world adventure.’

To his preaching he gave constant thought and prayer. It meant much to him and consequently much to his people. He had a deep sense of responsibility, mingled with the joy of being an ambassador for his Lord.

The last seven years of his ministry were spent in the St. Austell (Zion) Circuit.

He retired in 1944, continuing to preach with great acceptance. He had a wide circle of friends and was held in highest honour by old and young alike for his courageous leadership and insight.

He was called home on 5th May 1950, in the fifty-second year of his ministry.

©Trustees for Methodist Church Purposes 1950

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