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Thomas Bonner Rees

1911-1970. English evangelist. Born in Blackburn and converted in his teens, he immediately engaged in active evangelism and subsequently became youth organizer and lay worker at St. Nicholas' (Anglican) Church, Sevenoaks. He also joined with the Church Pastoral Aid Society in arranging camps for London slum boys. After leaving Sevenoaks he conducted many united missions in Northern Ireland, where thousands were converted. For several years he served on the staff of the Scripture Union. After World War II he conducted fifty-four mass rallies in the Royal Albert Hall, London, and campaigns in a number of major British cities. He went to America more than fifty times for campaigns, Bible conferences, and church retreats, and he was a speaker at the famous conventions at Keswick and Portstewart. He founded successively three conference centers, and the work at Hildenborough Hall is continued by his son Justyn as a memorial to his work. Among Tom Rees's written works was Breakthrough, a complete handbook on home evangelism.