The son of a WM minister, Arthur John Ward (1879-1957; e.m. 1901), he was born at Sevenoaks on 4 July 1906. He was educated at Kingswood School, University College, Southampton and Wesley House, Cambridge, where he won the Hulsean Prize. He spent most of his career in ministerial training and theological education, proving himself an outstanding teacher at Richmond College (1929-32 and 1955-72) and in India at Bangalore (1936-54). He played a key consultative role in the development of the Church of South India and wrote the history of its first five years, The Pilgrim Church (1952). He became a member of the Anglican-Methodist Conversations team in England and remained a deeply committed ecumenist. He was the first ever Free Church minister to teach at the RC Heythrop College. He died on 1 June 1978.