Baptist Union of Wales


Baptist Union of Wales

The Baptist Union of Wales (Undeb Bedyddwyr Cymru) is a fellowship of Baptist churches in Wales.

A General Baptist minister, Hugh Evans, was one of the first Baptists to preach in Wales (ca. 1646). In 1649 John Miles (1621-1683) and Thomas Proud were instrumental in forming a church at Ilston. Miles and Proud were connected to the Particular Baptists in London. In 1650 three Baptist congregations held the first general meeting of Baptists in Wales. The national union was organized in 1866. One of the most notable Welsh Baptist ministers was Christmas Evans (1766-1838).

The "Baptist Union of Wales" is a member of The Free Church Council, Cytûn (Churches Together in Wales)", the European Baptist Federation, and the Baptist World Alliance. Baptist Union headquarters is located at Y Llwyfan, Trinity College, Carmarthen. In 1995 the Union had 544 congregations with 25,384 members. 146 of these churches (with 9552 members) held dual membership in the Baptist Union of Great Britain.

Though English is spoken by most citizens of Wales, many churches hold their services in their native Welsh language.

ee also

*Religion in the United Kingdom
*Nonconformism

External links

* [http://www.buw.org.uk/ Undeb Bedyddwyr Cymru/Baptist Union of Wales] - official Web Site

References

*"Baptists Around the World", by Albert W. Wardin, Jr.
*"The Welsh Baptists", by T. M. Bassett


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