Index of Methodist ministers
In this page:
- Index of ministers and probationers who have died in the Work
- Further information
- Useful reading
Index of ministers and probationers who have died in the Work
Showing when they commenced their Ministry and the year of their death based on Hills Arrangement, 1969 edition. See the alphabetical index of lists to view the pages of the Index of Methodist Ministers.
The index was scanned from the list of 'Ministers and Probationers who have died in the work' that is in the back of the 1969 edition of Ministers and Probationers of the Methodist Church, printed by the Methodist Publishing House in London.
This publication was the most recent volume in an invaluable series that commenced in 1819 when Revd.William Hill published an alphabetical arrangement of ministers of the British Wesleyan Connexion. It listed all ministers in the work at that time with their stations and dates of service. A second edition appeared in 1824 and this included a list of those who had died in the work. 'Hill's Arrangement' continued to be updated and published at intervals of several years. Fourteen editions had appeared by 1881 and twenty-five by 1926.
With Methodist Union in 1932, the list was expanded to include former Primitive Methodist and United Methodist ministers. The last edition to appear was that of 1968.
Editions to 1847 continued to bear the name of William Hill as editor, despite the fact that the man himself died in 1827. The series continues to be popularly known as 'Hill's Arrangement'.
This list is invaluable for finding when someone entered the British ministry and when they died. It includes missionaries as well as those in the home work. It is important to note that ministers who left the ministry before death are not included. These will however be found in the main text of any 'Hill's Arrangement' that was published during their ministry.
For ministers who have died or resigned in the work between 1968 and 1993, there is a typescript list compiled by Revd. William Leary. This also gives the date and place of birth. There is no copy available on the internet but a typescript can be consulted at the Methodist Archives and Research Centre.
For other sources of information concerning Methodist ministers, see the internet guide to Researching your family history.
- Ministers and Probationers of the Methodist Church, 1819-1968
- A Dictionary of Methodism in Britain and Ireland, edited by John Vickers (Epworth Press: London, 2000)
- 'Hill's Arrangement' by J. Bernard Sheldon (Proceedings of the Wesley Historical Society, Volume XXX, 1955-56)
This project was made possible by the generous support of the Epworth Fund and the Archive and History Committee of the Methodist Church. The Systems Department of the John Rylands University Library of Manchester provided invaluable technical support and guidance.
Dr Peter Nockles and Mr Gareth Lloyd
Methodist Church Archivists