was born at Dre-fach (Llangeler, Carmarthenshire) in 1771. As he showed mechanical aptitudes, he was apprenticed to a clock and watch maker. A member of Pant Teg Baptist church (near Newcastle Emlyn), he began preaching and went to Bristol Baptist Academy, 1788-92. He was then called to the pastorate of Pant Teg, but preferred to accept a call from Back Lane, Swansea. Though that church originated in a Calvinistic secession from Swansea Old Meeting, Jones soon developed anti-Calvinistic views which ultimately led him into Unitarianism. He took a leading part in the controversies of 1794-9 among West Wales Baptists, and seems to have been the ablest and also the fairest debater on the anti-Calvinist side. He left Back Lane in 1800, and was succeeded by Joseph Harris, Gomer to become pastor of the General Baptists of Trowbridge, where he died 14 March 1810 in his 40th year.
Published date: 1959
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