A native of Halkyn, Flintshire, he was converted in 1766, joined the WM society in Chester and later the society at Bryngwyn. Eventually he formed a society that met in his home at Northop and became a local preacher in the Chester Circuit. After attending a preaching and Communion service conducted by John Wesley in the Chester Octagon in 1774, he devoted his time and energy to preaching Arminianism in Wales. A weaver by trade, his dedication to preaching and visiting the societies left him poor for life. He unflinchingly faced vicious opposition and when the first WM missionaries to Welsh-speaking Wales, Edward Jones and Evan Roberts, arrived they found that he had long been preparing the way for them and benefited greatly from his help and advice.