Kay, Dr James Alan
1904-1962; e.m. 1930

Born in Southport, he read English at Downing College, Cambridge and trained for the ministry at Wesley House. He was one of the founder members of the 'Cambridge Group'. He was chaplain at Westminster College 1931-1934 and had an important influence on E. Gordon Rupp in his student years. After five years in the Home Mission Department and fourteen years in Circuit work, he became Connexional Editor in 1953, serving with distinction. Under his editorship the London Quarterly and Holborn Review included a symposium on a given theme in each issue. As an accomplished pianist and organist with a fine singing voice, he played a leading part in the Methodist Church Music Society. His PhD thesis (Edinburgh) was on the arts and Christian worship. He wrote The Nature of Christian Worship (1953) and edited an anthology of Charles and John Wesley's 'prayers and praises' (1958). He died at Withernsea on 28 August 1962.

  • Methodist Recorder, 30 Aug & 6 Sept 1962
  • London Quarterly and Holborn Review, January 1963, pp.34-37