Barnard Slater (1779-1851)
Barnard Slater was born in Hambleton, Yorkshire. His mother died while Slater was still young and this event made a deep impression. He first attended Methodist worship in 1796 at Cawood in the Selby circuit and he was converted shortly after. In the same year he attended the religious services of the Leeds Conference and under the influence of sermons by Joseph Benson and Samuel Bradburn, he felt the call to preach. After working as a local preacher with great success, he candidated for the ministry in 1803.
Slater exercised an active circuit ministry for forty-seven years until poor health compelled him to superannuate in 1850. He moved to Macclesfield and died in August 1851 after collapsing while coming over Alderley Edge on his way back from the chapel.
Source: Minutes of Conference 1852 and Hill's Arrangement 1847