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Gill, Walter
1914-1995; e.m. 1940

Born in Leeds on 14 December 1914, he trained for the ministry at Didsbury College, Manchester. A controversial article in the Bulletin of the Fellowship of the Kingdom, December 1960 led to accusations of heresy. In it he propounded a modernist approach, rejecting the idea of interventionist miracles, the virgin birth and the physical resurrection of Christ. In 1964, at the Ministerial Synod, to the question, 'Do you believe and preach our doctrines?' he gave a qualified reply: 'Yes, with the exception of the doctrine of the deity of Christ, my interpretation of which Conference refuses to accept.' Heresy charges ensued and he left the ministry. In 1986 he applied for reinstatement and was able to convince the Conference that his views were compatible with Methodist doctrine. He was reinstated as a supernumerary minister and died on 16 April 1995.

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  • Papers etc. deposited at the Methodist Archives Centre, Manchester

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