|Baptist Union of Wales |
Undeb Bedyddwyr Cymru
Logo of the Baptist Union of Wales
(Undeb Bedyddwyr Cymru).
|Distinct fellowships||Baptist Union of Great Britain|
|Associations||Baptist World Alliance,|
European Baptist Federation,
Free Church Federation,
The General Baptist minister Hugh Evans was one of the first Baptists to preach in Wales around 1646, in the parishes of Llan-hir, Cefnllys, Nantmel, and Llanddewi Ystradenny, as well as in districts across the upper Wye Valley in Breconshire. In 1649 John Myles (1621–1683) and Thomas Proud led in the formation of a congregation at Ilston, before Myles emigrated to Swansea, Massachusetts, in 1663. Myles and Proud were connected to the Particular Baptists in London. In 1650 three Baptist congregations held the first general meeting of Baptists in Wales. The national union was organized in 1866. One of the most notable Welsh Baptist ministers was Christmas Evans (1766–1838).
The Baptist Union of Wales is a member of the Free Church Council, Cytûn (Churches Together in Wales), the European Baptist Federation, and the Baptist World Alliance. The Union has its headquarters at Y Llwyfan on the Carmarthen campus of the University of Wales Trinity Saint David. College Road, Carmarthen, SA31 3EQ, and churches serving both Welsh- and English-speaking communities in villages, towns, and cities across Wales. In 1995 the Baptist Union of Wales had 544 congregations with 25,384 members. 146 of these churches (with 9552 members) held dual membership in the Baptist Union of Great Britain.
- "The National Library of Wales Dictionary of Welsh Biography". Retrieved 2009-05-15.
- "First Baptist church in Swansea". Archived from the original on 2011-06-22. Retrieved 2009-05-15.
- Albert W. Wardin, Jr., ed. Baptists Around the World. Nashville, Tenn.: Broadman & Holman, 1995
- T. M. Bassett The Welsh Baptists. Swansea: Ilston House, 1977