William Alexander Grist (1869-1943)
William Alexander Grist was born on the Isle of Wight. He entered the Bible Christian ministry in 1889 and after five years Circuit ministry, went to Oxford University where he remained for two years, while waiting to go as a missionary to south-west China.
He served for six years in China from 1896. During the Boxer rebellion, Grist and his wife were cut off from the outside world. He later wrote a biography of his colleague Samuel Pollard.
Grist returned to the home ministry in 1902. He was President of the United Methodist Conference in 1925 and Secretary of the United Methodist Overseas Missions in 1928.
Grist was appointed one of the General Secretaries of the Wesleyan Methodist Missionary Society in 1930 and served in that capacity until superannuation in 1936.
Source: Minutes of Conference 1943