Kellaway, John Walton, MBE, JP, DL

Vice-President of the Conference in 1971, he was born in London, the son of the Rev. Augustine H. Kellaway (1879-1963; e.m. 1907) of the South London Mission, and was baptized by J. Scott Lidgett. (This placed him in an 'apostolic' succession, since Lidgett was said to have been blessed by Jabez Bunting, who in turn had received a blessing in infancy from John Wesley himself.) He was educated at the Leeds Boys' Modern School and the North Manchester Grammar School. Joining the Midland Bank in 1930, he became Regional Director for Merseyside and North Wales in 1968. He served in the RAF 1939-1945 and was mentioned in dispatches in Tubruk in 1944.

Returning to civilian life he became involved in the Methodist Church, serving, inter alia, as chairman of the Central Finance Board, the Ministerial Allowances Committee, the Ministers' Pension Trust and the Methodist Insurance Company. His service to the community in Liverpool was acknowledged by Liverpool University with an honorary Doctor of Laws and by an MBE. He was appointed a City of Liverpool magistrate in 1966 and a Deputy Lieutenant in 1976.

He died in Formby, Lancs on 29 December 2009

  • Conference Handbook, 1971
  • Methodist Recorder, 4 February 2010