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John Lomas (1798-1877)

John Lomas was born in Hull, the son of the Wesleyan itinerant Robert Lomas (1769-1810) and his wife Mary (1771-1832), who was herself the sister of the itinerant Jonathan Barber. Lomas was educated at Kingswood School and was converted there at the age of ten. He was a teacher at Kingswood from 1813 to 1819 and served as headmaster from 1819 to 1822.

Lomas entered the ministry in 1820 and swiftly achieved prominence. He served in the circuit ministry from 1822 until 1861 when he was appointed Theological Tutor at Richmond College. In 1868 he moved to the same position at Headingley and served there until his superannuation to Redland near Bristol in 1873. Lomas was President of Conference in 1853.

Lomas was a particularly gifted and popular preacher. His obituary describes his personal character as 'honest as the day, guileless as a little child&he evinced a cheerfulness which sometimes rose to joyfulness&but never degenerated into levity'.

Source: Minutes of Conference 1878, Hill's Arrangement 1874, History of Kingswood School by 'Three Old Boys' (London, 1898) and information provided by John Lenton

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