Howell Harris

Howell Harris (1714-1773) was one of the main leaders of the Welsh Methodist revival in the 18th century, along with Daniel Rowland and William Williams Pantycelyn.

Born at Talgarth in Brecknockshire (Wales) in 1714, he underwent a religious conversion in 1735 while listening to a sermon by the Rev. Pryce Davies in the parish church on the neccesity of partaking of Holy Communion. His " Methodist" views prevented his ordination in the Church of England, so he became a travelling preacher, tireless in his determination to spread the word throughout Wales.

He was effectively the founder of the Presbyterian church of Wales, also known as the Calvinistic Methodist church.


  • Davies, Gwyn (2002), A light in the land : Christianity in Wales, 200-2000, Bridgend: Bryntirion Press. ISBN 1-85049-181-X