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Vernon Stones (1912-84)

Vernon Stones was born in Bradford, Yorkshire. He was educated at the local grammar school and then worked for a chemical company where he met his wife. Stones trained for the ministry at Hartley Victoria in Manchester and served as a missionary in the South West China District from 1937 to 1952. In 1951 he was arrested by the Communist authorities and held in solitary confinement for six months before being put on trial and deported.

After his return to England, Stones worked first as a circuit minister and then on the staff of the Missionary Society until superannuation in 1976. He did valuable work among Chinese people in Britain and was particularly effective in the pastoral care of mixed marriages. An outstanding linguist, he was a highly capable and amusing public speaker.

Vernon retired to Somerset where he spent the remaining years of his life.

Source: Minutes of Conference 1985

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