William Edwyn Robert Sangster

1900-1960. Methodist preacher and scholar. Born in London, he was educated at Shoreditch Secondary School and Richmond College, Surrey. He served in World War I, was ordained into the Methodist ministry (1926), and ministered at Bognor Regis, Colwyn Bay, Liverpool, Scarborough, and Leeds. He was for sixteen years minister of Westminster Central Hall, London, where his passionate, scholarly preaching drew large crowds. He was president of the London Free Church Federation (1944-46) and president of the Methodist Conference (1950). He was Cato Lecturer (1954) and member of the Senate of London University (1944-56). He became secretary of the home mission department of the Methodist Church. His doctoral thesis was published as The Path to Perfection (1943), a study of John Wesley's doctrine. His many other books include The Pure in Heart and several on preaching.