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
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.
The Primitive Methodist Mission to North Wales
Rhosymedre second (present) chapel, built 1842
This talk traces the penetration of north-east Wales by Primitive Methodist preachers from the north (Cheshire) and the south (Shropshire) from the 1820s and the spread of the movement till the 1940s. The character of the movement, its ethos and faith, also figure significantly, with reference to some of the major personalities.
The Primitive Methodist Mission to Northern Hampshire
between Combe and Linkenholt, a route the missionaries took into Hampshire
This talk focuses on the approximate period 1830 to 1868, briefly traces the movement of the mission from its origin at Mow Cop, via Shrewsbury and Brinkworth, and then focuses in detail on the ethos, beliefs, personalities and spread of the movement throughout the area from its initial centres in Shefford and Micheldever, including its oppositions and persecutions.
Primitive Methodism 1932 to 2020
This talk is based on the book Primitive Methodism 1919 to 2019, but is continually updated with further information as the work develops. Here is the fairly recently built highest Primitive Methodist chapel in the world, at 10,000 feet, in Guatemala:
The talk looks at the survival of Primitive Methodist after Methodist reunion in Britain in 1932, both as a stream with the new Methodist Church, and among congregations who never joined; it then turns its attention to the work in America, sent initially from the Hull and Tunstall Districts, and its spread from there to a number of countries in Central America and Spanish-, Quiché- and Ixil-speaking people. The chapel in the photograph is in Guatemala.
The Methodist Squatters of Newtown Mountain
The squatters’ hamlet which appeared on Newtown Mountain, Denbighshire, by the late 1840s was 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. And Welsh-speaking squatters built a Calvinistic Methodist chapel, disused by the early 1860s, known as Capel y Mynydd.
RELATED BUT NOT DIRECTLY ABOUT METHODISM
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.
IN PREPARATION: Welsh Calvinistic Methodist missionary work in Brittany, including ‘the Bigouden Awakening’.
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 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