One of the earliest Methodist preachers, he was born in Rhydri, Glam. From 1747 he itinerated widely, but because he could speak Welsh spent most of his time in South Wales and interpreted for John Wesley on at least one occasion. He co-operated with the Welsh CM and wrote admiring elegies on both Howell Harris and George Whitefield. He also translated works by John and Charles Wesley. He visited Trevecka frequently and like John Evans of Bala and Thomas Foulkes was regarded as the very embodiment of a spirit of co-operation and goodwill among Methodists of all shades.