Index of Methodist ministers who served in Ireland
This index is based on a database of Methodist preachers/ministers who served in Ireland within any branch of Methodism. The two largest groupings are those who served as Wesleyan Methodist or Primitive Wesleyan Methodist (a branch of Methodism unique to Ireland) preachers. There were also Methodist New Connexion, (English) Primitive Methodists and Wesleyan Methodist Association preachers who served in Ireland and these are also included.
Methodist union in Ireland occurred in 1878 when the Wesleyan and Primitive Wesleyan branches were reunited (having split in 1816 over the issue of the administration of the sacraments and relationships with the Established Church). At this stage in 1878 the Irish Conference dropped all references to Wesleyan or Primitive Wesleyan and became simply the Methodist Church in Ireland. In 1905 the Methodist New Connexion withdrew from Ireland and the (English) Primitive Methodist Connexion likewise in 1910 and in both instances their existing work was transferred to the Irish Conference.
As this is an ongoing database with new entries, departures and deaths recorded each year revision is a continuous process. Print-outs of complete listings for each minister are available for consultation at the Methodist Historical Society Archives at Edgehill College, Belfast.
Requests for additional information for an individual minister, listing birth, appointments, family details and other biographical information, where known may be obtained by applying to the Archivist. email@example.com.
The ‘Commencement’ column refers to the first appearance of the person’s name in the Minutes of Conference, whether received (in earlier years) ‘On Trial’ as a probationer, or usually by the twentieth onwards as a theological student or on transfer.
At this stage in the development of the database the only names available are those whose surname begin with ‘O’. The complete list will be available by October 2017.
The letter following the Minister’s name denotes the section of the Methodist Church to which each entry belonged before union. All entries since union in 1878 in Ireland are designated M.
- M – Methodist
- NC – Methodist New Connexion
- P – (English) Primitive
- PW – Primitive Wesleyan Methodist (1816-1878)
- W – Wesleyan Methodist
- WMA – Wesleyan Methodist Association
Key to entries in the notes column:
- Est. – Clergymen of the Established Church
- WW1 – Died in the 1914-1918 war
- WW2 – Died in the 1939-1945 war
|Oliver, Turner Barrett||W||1876||1878||1855||1918|
|Oliver, William John||M||1898||1876||1956|
|Olver, Richard Wesley||M||1898||1872||1945|
|O’Neill, Ernest William||M||1955||1964||1934||To USA|
|Owens, Ivor Noel||M||1992|