Ward, Harry Frederick
- Eugene P. Link
Ward, Harry Frederick (15 October 1873–09 December 1966), religious educator and social critic, was born in Brentford, Middlesex, England, the son of Harry Ward, Sr., a grocery merchant, and Florence Jeffrey. Both of Ward’s parents were Free Methodists, members of one of Methodism’s early perfectionist sects, and from his boyhood Ward was sensitive to the contrast between it and the crusty, high church formalism of the Methodist Episcopal church. Parishioners of the Methodist chapel at Chiswick (adjoining Brentford) reported that Ward was a “preacher in the Wesleyan connection” who “assisted the work in the mission band” and also served as a “deputy class leader.” Ward’s incipient social Christianity continued after he arrived in Utah in 1891 and joined his uncle in trying to lure complacent parishioners out of the pews and into the streets to minister to the poor....