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Dr William Frederick Lofthouse (1871-1965)

Dr William Frederick Lofthouse was born in London and educated at the City of London School and Trinity College Oxford. He trained for the Wesleyan ministry at Richmond College and was ordained in 1896. Following two assistant tutorships and circuit experience, he was appointed to Handsworth College in 1904. He remained there apart from a First World War Chaplaincy, as a Tutor in Old Testament and Philosophy and (from 1925) Principal and Tutor in Systematic Theology, until his retirement in 1940. Lofthouse was elected President of the Wesleyan Conference in 1929

Lofthouse was deeply concerned with social issues and was a founder member of the Wesleyan Methodist Union for Social Service in 1905. Strongly ecumenical, he was active in the Faith and Order Movement.

Source: Encyclopedia of World Methodism (1974) and Minutes of Conference 1966

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