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He won for himself a remarkably honourable position in the religious life of England and his popularity endured till the end. He was made a Companion of Honour in 1927 and was awarded the degree of D.D. , by the universities of St. Andrews , Manchester , and Wales . He was twice, 1909-10 , 1925-26 , chairman of the Congregational Union of England and Wales , Moderator of the Free Church Federal Council , 1921-23 , and of the International Congregational Council , 1936-42 . He was referred to as the Archbishop of Congregationalism .
He had his place among the chief celebrities of the pulpit in England in his day and possessed an enchanting gift which drew large crowds to listen to him. His church at Richmond Hill was considered to be one of the most renowned of nonconformist congregations in the whole country. It is probable it was as a leader and denominational statesman that he did his greatest work, and Congregationalism in England bore his image for a long time. He, more than any one else, did most for the maintenance of the ministry, though his schemes were considered by many to savour of Presbyterianism , if not of episcopalianism.
When he returned to spend the eventide of his life in his native land, it was difficult for him, who had so completely identified himself with the prosperous middle class in England , to come to terms with a new Wales , which had awakened to a consciousness of her nationhood.
He published some dozen books, mostly of sermons, and an autobiography.
He d. at Bala , 19 Apr. 1942 , and was buried in Bournemouth .
Reverend Richard Griffith Owen, M.A., (1890-1973), Bangor
Published date: 2001