Thomas Stead (1788-1872)
Thomas Stead was born near Halifax, Yorkshire, and received a good education. He was converted by Methodist preaching soon after leaving school and came to the notice of Jabez Bunting who recommended that he enter the itinerancy, which Stead did in 1812. His active circuit ministry of thirty-seven years was spent mainly in the Midlands and the North of England. He retired to Liverpool and then Southport.
Source: Minutes of Conference 1873 and Hill's Arrangement 1869