Presidents of The Conference since 1932
A list of those who have held office
Whilst drafting my page on the million half-crowns appeal I noted that there was a reference to the “then President of Conference” being present at the stone laying and Opening of the Methodist Youth Department HQ but no names were given.
I was surprised, if not dismayed, to find that there is nowhere, easily accessible, on the internet which shows a complete list of those who held the office of President of the Conference since Union in 1932.
Whilst looking through some old Minutes of Conference from 1963 (I really must get out more!) I found a list up to that date. I then turned to my Garlick’s Methodist Registry 1983 and Minutes of Conference 2005 to complete the list.
We clearly moved away from indicating the educational achievements of the President of Conference sometime between 1983 and 2005 but as I had already typed them into the list I have left those I found in!
The picture is an impress of the Seal of the Conference taken from a Wesley Historical Society Journal which is in the Public Domain. You can read more about the seal in that Journal which can be accessed here
My next task to create some links to biographies of these fine Methodists.
YEAR PRESIDENT OF CONFERENCE
1932 John Scott Lidgett, C.H., M.A., D.D., LL.D.
1933 Frederick Luke Wiseman, B.A., D.D., Litt.D.
1934 William Younger
1935 Willliam Christopher Jackson, M.A.
1936 Charles Ensor Walters
1937 Robert Bond, D.D.
1938 William Lansdell Wardle, M.A., D.D.
1939 Richard Pyke
1940 Henry Bett, M.A., Litt.D.
1941 Walter Henry Armstrong
1942 Walter James Noble, D.D.
1943 Leslie Frederick Church, B.A., Ph.D.
1944 Wilbert Francis Howard, M.A., D.D., F.B.A.
1945 Archibald Walter Harrison, M.C., B.A., B.Sc., D.D.
1946 Robert Newton Flew, M.A., D.D.
1947 William Edward Farndale, D.D.
1948 Ernest Benson Perkins, M.A., LL.D.
1949 Harold Burgoyne Rattenbury, B.A.
1950 William Edward Sangster, M.A., Ph.D. LL.D.
1951 Howard Watkin-Jones, M.A., D.D
1952 Colin Augustus Roberts, D.D.
1953 Donald Oliver Soper, M.A., Ph.D.
1954 William Russel Shearer, M.A.
1955 Leslie Dixon Weatherhead, M.A., D.D., Ph.D., D.Litt.
1956 Harold Crawford Walters, D.D.
1957 Harold Roberts, M.A., D.D., Ph.D.
1958 Norman Henry Snaith, M.A., D.D.
1959 Eric W Baker, M.A., D.D., Ph.D., LL.D.
1960 Edward Rogers, M.A., B.D.
1961 Maldwyn L Edwards, M.A., D.D., Ph.D.
1962 Leslie Davison, D.D., L.H.D.
1963 Frederic Greeves, M.A., LL.D.
1964 A. Kingsley Lloyd
1965 W. Walker Lee, M.A.
1966 Douglas W. Thompson
1967 Irvonwy Morgan, M.A., B.D., Ph.D.
1968 E. Gordon Rupp, F.B.A., M.A., D.D., D. Theol.
1969 Brian Stapleton O’Gorman
1970 Rupert E. Davies, M.A., B.D.
1971 Kenneth L. Waights
1972 Harry O. Morton, M.A.
1973 Donald R. Lee, M.B.E., B.D.
1974 J. Russell Pope
1975 Alfred Raymond George, M.A., B.D.
1976 Colin M. Morris, G.C.O.F., B.A., Litt.D., LL.D.
1977 B. Arthur Shaw, D.Univ.
1978 Donald English, M.A., D.D.
1979 William Gowland
1980 Kenneth G. Greet, D.D.
1981 John A. Newton, M.A., Ph.D.
1982 Norwyn E. Denny, B.D.
1983 Amos Samuel Cresswell
1984 Gordon Emerson Barritt
1985 Christopher Hughes Smith
1986 Nigel Langley Gilson
1987 William Rhys Davies
1988 Richard Granville Jones
1989 John James Vincent
1990 Donald English, M.A., D.D.
1991 Ronald William Cecil Hoar
1992 Kathleen Margaret Richardson
1993 Brian Edgar Beck
1994 Leslie John Griffiths
1995 Brian Richard Hoare
1996 Nigel Thomas Collinson
1997 John Brian Taylor
1998 William Peter Stephens
1999 Stuart John Burgess
A list of those who have served since 2000 can be found on the Methodist Church Website Click Here to access it