Birtwhistle, Norman Allen
1910-1979; e.m. 1940

He was born in Leeds on 19 August 1910 and graduated in Chemistry at Leeds University before serving with the MMS as a teacher in Nigeria. On returning home in 1940 he trained at Wesley House, Cambridge and served as a Secretary at the Mission House (1951-1958) and as Ministerial Training Secretary (1958-1973). In 1973 he became the minister of Wesley's Chapel during the period of its refurbishment, when the congregation met in St Martin-within-Ludgate. In spite of ill health he travelled widely, raising money for the restoration. He was an artist who, in his early years, had designed the 'Drinka Pinta Milka Day' advertisement. He wrote several missionary biographies. He died on 10 February 1979

He met his wife Harriet, nee Abey (1919-2015) while both were students in Cambridge early in World War II. She was a native of Wrawby, Lincs, who took a degree in English at Bedford College and went on to teach English and French. She outlived her husband by over three decades, dying in 2015.

  • Methodist Recorder, 22 Feb. 1979