I have a number of illustrated PowerPoint talks I can be booked to give. Talks are usually 40 to 50 minutes in length and may be followed by a time of questions and discussion. They are based on my books and articles, and a glimpse at those on the My Books page will give an idea of the theme of each talk.

The Life of John Ride

The Life of John Ride “the Apostle of Berkshire”

John Ride was a significant figure in early Primitive Methodism. As well as other ministry, he introduced the movement to North Wales from it base in Chester, took part in the remarkably vibrant expansion from Brinkworth in Wiltshire, and superintended the early mission to northern Hampshire from its base in Shefford – all this before ending his evangelistic ministry in Australia.

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The Primitive Methodist Mission to North Wales

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Rhosymedre second (present) chapel, built 1842

The Primitive Methodist Mission to Northern Hampshire

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between Combe and Linkenholt, a route the missionaries took into Hampshire


The Primitive Methodist Squatters of Newtown Mountain

The squatters’ hamlet which appeared on Newtown Mountain, Denbighshire, by the late 1840s is believed to have been part of the tai unnos movement which spread through much of Wales: the right to build a house overnight, have smoke rising from the chimney by dawn, throw an axe as far as you could from the house, and claim the right to that dwelling and land. The hamlet continued till the early 1900s, and was missioned by the Primitive Methodists, who built a chapel there at a cost of £23 in 1861.

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The Life and Work of Ælfric of Eynsham

The Celtic Mission to England

Call to Albania

The Road to Kosova

These illustrated talks are about preaching Christianity among  largely unreached people in difficult times and places – a characteristic shared with early Methodism and Primitive Methodism.

Book me for a talk

If you are interested in booking me to speak please get in touch via my contact page and I will get back to you with details.

Note: Talks can be adjusted in length and style according to the level of knowledge and interest of each audience.


I know you’re a “serious” kind of guy but you also have a great sense of humour and … on your About Me page I think it does come over a bit that your talks are solely academic whereas they are very informative and you have a presentation style which is a lot lighter than the website infers. – Mike Norbury, Community Church, Wrexham.

Thank you so much for the lecture today, popular demand will ensure that I invite you again. – Christian heritage Centre, Rowley Regis.

Past Speaking Engagements

Since 2012 I have given part or all of one or more of the above talks at the following places:

Englesea Brook Chapel and Museum
Silchester Methodist Chapel
Hookgate Providence Chapel
Crewe-by-Farndon Methodist Chapel
Denbigh Wesley Historical Society (Wales branch)
Dudley, ministers’ fraternal meeting at Dudley Baptist Church
Wrexham Bradley Road Baptist Church
Wrexham Chester Street Baptist Church
Wrexham Area Civic Society
Wrexham U3A
Wrexham Community Church “History Makers” group
Wrexham, Wesley Historical Society (Wales branch)
Penycae Zion Baptist Church
Llay Bethel Baptist Chapel
Wem, Wesley Historical Society (Shropshire Branch)
Cefn Mawr Local Historical Society
Warwick, Myton Church
Brynteg (Rockwood Mission, now Brynteg Village Church)
Talwrn Green Methodist chapel
Gwersyllt, Congregational Church
Didsbury, Nazarene Training College
Rowley Regis, Christian Heritage Centre http://www.christianheritagecentre.org.uk