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John McKenny (1822-1903)

John McKenny was born at Redruth in Cornwall, the youngest of eight children. His father died when he was child and educational opportunities were therefore limited.

McKenny was converted at the age of thirteen at a cottage prayer meeting. He became a local preacher at the age of seventeen and candidated for the ministry at the age of nineteen. 

He trained at Richmond College and in 1846 was appointed to his first circuit. He spent forty-six years in the active ministry, with a considerable part of his later years being spent in London. His obituary records that 'his ministry was considerably blessed in the conversion of sinners&He was a model Superintendent, simple, homely, genial, faithful, yet withal a most diligent student and expounder of Holy Writ'.

McKenny superannuated in 1891. He remained as an active supernumary in London until 1897 when he retired to live with his daughter in Hastings, Kent.

Source: Minutes of Conference 1903

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