Russell Pope was born in Barry in 1909. He started working life as a watchmaker, and, after a conversion experience in Cardiff, he offered for the Wesleyan Methodist Ministry. After training at Cliff College and Handsworth College, Birmingham he served in home missions appointments at Central Halls in Manchester & Salford, Liverpool, Bristol and Manchester Albert Hall, with a distinctive and compelling evangelistic style of preaching. He was deeply committed to his support of the Labour movement. Moved from city ministry to become Chair of the Plymouth and Exeter District (1959), and President of the Methodist Conference in 1974, he served both rural and city churches faithfully. After serving as an active Supernumerary minister for 3 years in Ilfracombe, he continued to answer invitations to preach from around the Connexion until his death on 5th July, 1985.