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Bryan Holwell Reed (1905-91)

Bryan Holwell Reed was born in Okehampton, Devon, into a famous Bible Christian family that included three Presidents of Conference. He was trained at Victoria Park College and entered the United Methodist ministry in 1926.

Reed was actively involved in youth work and pioneered the development of "First Methodist Church Clubland" based in Walthamstow, London. In 1946 he was appointed lecturer in youth work at Westhill College, Selly Oak, Birmingham, and was commissioned by the Edward Cadbury Trust to carry out a study of young people in Birmingham. The fruits of that research entitled Eighty Thousand Adolescents was regarded as a classic of its type.

Reed was subsequently appointed general secretary of the Methodist Youth department and did much to place the department on a sound financial basis. Among his acheivements was the raising of funds for the building of Chester House, which served as the new departmental headquarters combined with a hostel for young people.

After his retirement, Reed spent several years serving American Churches in New England before returning to settle in Prestatyn and finally London.

Source: Oliver Beckerlegge, United Methodist Ministers and their Circuits 1797-1932 (1968) and Methodist Recorder 9 January 1992, 14.

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