Thomas Richard

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Thomas Richard (11 February 1783 - 3 January 1856) was a Calvinistic Methodist minister.

Calvinistic Methodists were born out of the Methodist Revival in 18th-century Wales and survive as a body of Christians now forming the Presbyterian Church of Wales. Calvinistic Methodism became a major denomination in Wales, growing rapidly in the 19th century, and taking a leadership role in the Welsh Religious Revival of 1904-5.


Personal life

Thomas was born to Henry and Hannah Richard in Tre-fin, Pembrokeshire. His brother, Ebenezer Richard, was also a Methodist preacher. He married Bridget Gwyn of Maenorowen in 1819, niece to the second wife of David Jones of Llan-gan, also a famous Methodist. Richard pursued a farming life after marriage before retiring to Fishguard in 1825 until his death. He is buried at Maenorowen.

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Religious life

As a youth, Thomas Richard joined the religious society at Tre-fin. He began preaching in 1803 and developed a reputation across Wales for his powerful sermons. In 1814, he was ordained at the Association in Llangeitho. His sermons were published by Edward Matthews 1866-7.

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