12 September 2018
It is with sadness that the Methodist Church in Britain announces the death of a Past President of the Methodist Conference, the Revd Amos Cresswell, who died on Monday 10 September. Revd Cresswell was President of the Methodist Conference for the connexional year 1983/1984.
He described himself as product of ‘working class village’ Methodism. Born at Walsall Wood, Staffordshire, he was educated at Queen Mary’s School, Walsall, University College, Durham, Wesley House, Cambridge (1950-1952) and the theological seminary at Bethel Bei Bielefeld, Westphalia (1952-1953).
He entered the ministry in 1949 and was first stationed at Chatburn, Clitheroe. He was subsequently assistant tutor at Richmond College (1953-1956), minister at Darlaston (1956-1961), New Testament tutor at Cliff College (1961-1966), minister at Cheadle Hulme (1966-1973) and at Welwyn Garden City (1973-1976). He was Chair of the Plymouth and Exeter District from 1976-1991.
Revd Cresswell was also Chairman of Governors of Edgehill and Shebbear Colleges and a governor of Queen’s College, Taunton. He retired to North Devon in 1991.
During his life, Revd Cresswell travelled and preached widely, becoming a frequent broadcaster on radio and TV in the south-west.
For two years he was editor of the weekly newspaper published by Cliff College. Among his publications are books on Cliff College (1965) and the Gospels (1966) and the life of Dr Franz Hildebrandt (2000).
He has published two books of sermons, Lord I’ve Had Enough and I’ve Told You Twice and also two books of poems under the title Whispers of Love. He was one of the four editors of Methodist Hymns, Old and New.
His wife, Evelyn (1934-2016 née Marchbanks) was a member at Barnes Methodist Church and met her husband when he was assistant tutor at Richmond College.
She enriched his ministry, especially during his years as District Chair and President, accompanying him on his journeys around the Connexion.
They gave great interest in supporting children’s education from overseas and being patron to a non-conformist school in Peru.
Revd Cresswell maintained his lifelong interest in football, always supporting West Bromwich Albion.
He lost his sight in 2012 but continued to live independently thanks to support from his family and friends.