Bryn was born into a coalmining family in the small town of Aberdare, South Wales. From an early age Bryn was to feel strongly the social divide of the working classes struggling against the bosses and middle/upper class. This social divide was represented in religious life by management attending ‘Church’, and the ordinary working class person attending ‘chapel’. This division was to have a major impact on his life.
He regularly attended Sunday school and by the age of 15 was searching for a purpose to his life. After going with a friend to Chapel, he experienced a great longing for God and found himself reading Acts 2:21 in his mother’s Bible, resulting in the realisation he could be ‘saved’. There and then he prayed earnestly, felt a lifting of the heaviness on him, and knew he had been saved.
From that day on he felt his purpose here was to share Christ everywhere – starting in his hometown and then around the world. He did not have the answer as to how, but he knew he had to do it. In 1957 he was baptised with the Holy Spirit in s small Pentecostal church in Aberamam, South Wales. This event changed his perception and understanding of the person and nature of God. Until then, God had been personal, great, good and full of mercy. Subsequently, Bryn saw God additionally as all-powerful, supernatural, with healings and miracles, equipping people with the gifts of the Spirit so that His Kingdom could be advanced worldwide.
He entered the Bible College of Wales in 1958 where he learned a life of prayer, faith and commitment to God. Although the College frowned on spiritual gifts being used in meetings, this did not stop Bryn from moving out in gift in private gatherings. An avid reader, he enjoyed a wide variety if books and was deeply influenced by reading Roland Allen’s book ‘Missionary Methods St. Paul’s or Ours’. Watchman Nee’s book ‘Concerning our Missions’ (re-issued later as ‘Normal Christian Church Life’) was another influence that was to shape his concept of church life. But by far, the biggest influence was a magazine published by Austen Sparks and the Honour Oak Fellowship in London, ‘Witness and Testimony’. In addition, two major conferences also transformed his thinking on the church and kingdom. Now his thoughts on class and God were shaping into questions like, ‘What is the nature of the church?’ and ‘What relevance has God to our time in today’s irrelevant church?’ He was well acquainted with the church’s social division, archaic buildings, obsolete rituals and a Bible no-one understood.
This was the beginning of a lifetime’s mission to restore God’s channel of communication to man’s world in its pure and true form – the timeless word of God to man through His church.
At Bible College he began to think more deeply on the nature and life of the church as seen in the New Testament. He was struck by its simplicity of structure, services and community life, with a dependence on God’s Spirit. He observed a people moving in faith for the supernatural, with God relevant and central to their everyday life, and a commitment to God in daily life, and to their mission to the ends of the earth. This was to against the grain of mainstream church, and in later years there was immense opposition from established denominations, bad publicity in the media and on TV, as well as in the Christian press of the day.
On leaving college in 1961 he went with a colleague to Cornwall, and through a series of supernatural visions they were led to different places and people, finally settling in Newquay, from where the held highly successful evangelistic mission in the region. They begun their first ‘church I the home’ in St. Austell in 1962, and the concept that had begun in college became a reality and was to remain a deeply held conviction for the rest of his life.
In 1964 he married Edna, who had been a student at the Bible College of Wales, and three months after their marriage they joined with Philip and Muriel Mohabir in Guyana – then British Guyana. There they pioneered ‘New testament’ churches, worked as a team, and lived as an extended family in the same home. Throughout their marriage, Edna was a rock to Bryn and often ministered with him in the UK and internationally.