Born at Tan-y-chwarel, Cwmystwyth, Cardiganshire. According to the christening register of Cwmystwyth chapel, he was born 2 November 1859, and registered at Lampeter, 3 December 1859. His father was John Jenkins, lead miner, and his mother was Mary (née Howells).
In his youth he was apprenticed to John Lloyd, draper, of Pentre, Rhondda, and became a member of Nazareth chapel where he began to preach. He was educated at William James's school at Cardiff, the Pontypridd Academy, and Trevecka. He was ordained at the Aberystwyth Association, 1887, and became minister successively of Caerphilly, Spellow Lane (English), Liverpool, New Quay, Cardiganshire, Salem (Dolgelley), Garreg-ddu (Ffestiniog), and Llandovery. He died 27 April 1929 and was buried in Cwmystwyth chapel cemetery. He took a prominent part in the 1904-5 revival.
As a preacher he resembled a volcano — sometimes lifeless and sometimes in full eruption; both as a preacher and as a personality he stood alone.
Published date: 1959
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