POWELL, JONATHAN (1764 - 1823), Independent minister

Name: Jonathan Powell
Date of birth: 1764
Date of death: 1823
Gender: Male
Occupation: Independent minister
Area of activity: Religion
Author: Richard Griffith Owen

Born at Defynnog, Brecknock, in 1764. He began to preach at Godre-rhos, Glamorganshire, and in 1790 received a call to Rhayader, Radnorshire, where he was ordained and where his subsequent career was stormy. He appears to have been a stern disciplinarian and insisted on excommunicating some members who showed a tendency towards Sabellianism. The church, however, refused to endorse his action and he decided to leave. In 1798 he went to Anglesey to take charge of the churches of Rhos-y-meirch and Capel Mawr. At that time there were very few ministers in the island and he had a hand in founding a number of new Independent chapels, twenty-eight of which were registered as places of worship in the course of his ministry. He was a gifted and able man, a diligent student who was regarded as one of the leading men of his denomination in North Wales. He translated a number of English books into Welsh and was a hymn-writer of some distinction. In 1796 he published a small book of hymns of his own writing, Llawenydd yn Nglyn Wylofain, and in 1805 another, Y Credinwyr yn Angau, adapted from the work of Thomas Watson. He wrote an elegy upon Richard Tibbot, 1798. In 1821 he retired because of ill health. He died 6 July 1823, and was buried in Rhos-y-meirch chapel burial ground.


Published date: 1959

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