Blatherwick, Douglas Pursey, OBE

Solicitor and local preacher in Newark. He was born in July 1909 and educated at Rydal School. In 1954 he was involved with Philip Race, Douglas V. Brown and others in founding the Westminster Laymen's Movement. As Vice-President of the 1956 Conference he was the first to be more than a token lay person, sharing in some of the President's travels and arranging to meet the laity in each District. Convinced that it was wrong for Christians to spend conspicuously in a starving world, he refused an invitation from American Methodists to a dinner at the Hilton. His wife Ruth Blatherwick (née Quibell) was President of the National Sunday School Union.

His son David Blatherwick entered the ministry in 1959.

  • Conference Handbook, 1956
  • D.P. Blatherwick, A Layman Speaks (1959)
  • Methodist Recorder, 13 Dec. 1973
  • R. Blatherwick, Douglas Percy Blatherwick (n.d.)