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Rev. John M. Davies (1938-2019)

February 2020 | by Eryl Davies

Rev. John M. Davies died last November following a 5-year illness.

His last days were characterised by grace and blessing; his faith remained strong and he clearly felt the presence of the Lord. He often said, ‘The Lord is real. This is reality: knowing the Lord Jesus Christ’.

John maintained a blog during his illness (john1835.wordpress.com), encouraging others to trust in the Lord. Calvary meant everything to my brother. He was amazed that the Son of God left heaven to save sinners through his work on the cross.

We enjoyed a happy childhood in Sandycroft, Deeside, attending a Presbyterian church. We then moved to Merseyside and attended Wilmer Road Presbyterian Church, where we were both baptised.

In the early 1950s, John’s understanding of the faith deepened as he attended the Youth Holiday Fellowship in Aberystwyth. Attending a Billy Graham rally in 1955 helped John experience assurance of salvation.

In 1957, John felt called to the ministry. He trained at Bala College, Aberystwyth Theological College and Cardiff University. John was ordained to the Presbyterian Church of Wales in 1964 and pastored churches around Swansea.

In 1971, John was pastoring Trinity Church in Clydach when the decision was made to secede amicably from the PCW due to doctrinal laxity. From 1979, he pastored Peniel Evangelical Church in Maesteg and from 1991-2013 he was pastor of Flint Evangelical Church.

John pastored his people well, showing great care and love. His enduring desire was to see souls saved in Christ. Prayer was central for him and he encouraged folk to pray continually for God’s blessing.

John ministered at a summer camp for teenagers, held on a farm in Llanymawddwy, near Bala. He also served as secretary of the Bala ministers’ conference and regularly attended ministers’ fraternals.

His funeral service was held in Flint Evangelical Church. Rev. Matt Francis (Deeside) led the service; and tributes were given by Nigel Clifford (Clydach), Dave Roberts (Flint church), Alison Keen and Helen Conway (John’s daughters).

John is survived by his wife, Joan, who has been an important help-meet over the years. Prayerful sympathy is extended to her, their three children and seven grandchildren.

Before he died, John asked if I would preach at his funeral from Philippians 1:21: ‘For me to live is Christ, and to die is gain’.

‘Tell them how wonderful Christ is,’ John said, ‘and what he means to me’.

Eryl Davies