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REV. JOHN KAY, pastor of Wel-
lington Street Methodist
Church, Brantford, was born
in Napanee, Out., on the loth May,
1838. His father was from Ireland
and ins mother a native of England.
His father studied for some years in
preparation for the ministry, but did
not complete his course. He was an
excellent public speaker. He followed
the lumber business in the village of
Newburgh, where young Kay received
the rudiments of his education. When
he had scarcely reached his fourteenth
year, his father died, leaving a widow
and three children, of whom the sub-

ject of our sketch was the oldest. The family shortly afterwards left Newburgh and settled in Camborne, in the vicinity of Cobourg. Here he consecrated himself to the church and became a local preacher, prosecuting, while still engaged in other business, his studies in preparation for the ministry. In 1862 he was received into the Conference and was appointed to assist the Rev. S. B. Gundy in St. Mary's. He made satisfactory progress in his literary curriculum, taking also a course in philosophy and theology under the late Rev. AVm. McClure. Mr. Kay has, since his ordination, been stationed in Ingersoll (twice), Milton, Waterdown, Tilsonburg, London, Waterford, Thorold, Hamilton and Brantford, where he has entered upon his third year. He has occupied important positions, such as secretary of the Conference, chairman of Districts, was representa-

tive to the General Conference in Toronto in 1886, in Montreal in 1890, and president of the Niagara Conference in 1890. He has always been a strong friend of the temperance movement, and has been a member of the Sons of Temperance, the Good Templars and Royal Templars. In theology he is progressive, yet conservative. In 1871 he published an interesting biography of his father-in-law, the Rev. W. Gandy, and has on several occasions contributed to periodical literature. He also takes a lively interest in educational matters, and in everything pertaining to the welfare of his native land.


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