Roy Coad's Index Files

Archive Collection

Scope and Content

Collection of index cards, sorted thematically. Made up of notes and references, mostly from Brethren magazines, in particular: Witness, Harvester and Believers' Magazine. The collection was compiled by Roy Coad during the research for his book A History of the Brethren Movement. The collection consists of two boxes (contents listed below). There is also a smaller box of biographical notes arranged in alphabetical order.

Administrative / Biographical History

Roy Coad was born in 1925 to missionary parents in Kalene, Zambia. He was educated in England and became a qualified accountant in Winchester. He joined the firm Griffin Stone, Moscrop and Co. in London, achieving a senior partnership by his retirement in 1990. Later, he also worked in an Anglican church. His achievements include founding the Christian Brethren Research Fellowship; becoming editor of the magazine The Harvester; and working as a church elder in Carshalten and Sutton. Coad's publications include A History of the Brethren Movement, a biography of Sir John W. Laing andVerses from an Incomer: Poems from Shropshire and Elsewhere. Roy Coad died in 2011, leaving behind a wife, two sons and a daughter.


The collection consists of the index cards produced by Roy Coad. They are arranged into the following subjects:

  • Late 19th Century Evangelistic
  • Relationships with Exclusives
  • Doctrinal issues: Eternal Sonship of Christ
  • Strength of Open Brethren
  • 1904's Welsh Revival
  • R Campbell, The New Theology
  • Brethren Pentecostal Movement
  • Decaying Assemblies
  • Social Issues
  • 1914-1918
  • 1918-1939
  • Post-war Evangelical
  • Pilgrim Preachers
  • Evangelistic Methods
  • Village Workers ETC
  • The Tract Distributing Band
  • Open-Air Work
  • Motor Caravans
  • Specialised Methods ETC Portable Halls
  • New Church estab: case Study
  • Eastern Countries: Gospel Tent
  • Countries Evangelistic Work
  • Area Meetings of Elder Brethren
  • Home workers Conference Bristol
  • Home workers Conference Scotland
  • Conferences
  • Glasgow Half Yearly's
  • Bath Conference
  • Devonshire House Conference, London
  • Bloomsbury
  • Belfast Conference
  • Novelties in Conference
  • Sunday Schools
  • SS Teachers Conference (Local)
  • SS Teachers Conference (Regional's)
  • SS Teachers Conference (Holiday)
  • SS Teaching Aids
  • Children's Work
  • Recreation
  • Belgrave House
  • Climbing Camp
  • Schools
  • Meetings for Children
  • Young People Conferences
  • YP Rallies
  • YP Open Air Conventions
  • How to keep YP - For/Against
  • YP Missy Conference
  • Interdenom Evangelism
  • Brethren Interdom Activities
  • Sects
  • Resurgence of Needed Truth Teaching
  • Social and Political Concern
  • Trade Unions and Strikes
  • Relief of Christian Miners ETC
  • Pacificism
  • M.P's ETC Police
  • Moral Issues
  • Modernism
  • In 1920's
  • Response
  • Effects
  • Internal Deviations
  • Strength Assemblies 1918-39
  • Complaints c 1935-39
  • 1939-45
  • Effects
  • Evangelism
  • Relationship with State
  • Effect on Missions
  • General Complaints
  • Ineffectiveness of Gospel Work
  • Dearth of Teachers
  • Lack of Pastoral Care
  • 1945
  • Old Peoples Homes
  • Open Letter Repercussions 1947
  • Missionary Matters
  • Influence of Bath
  • Missionary Matters (Various)
  • International links
  • Other Societies
  • Other Churches
  • Books (Non-Brethren)
  • M.S.C
  • MSC Conferences
  • MSC holiday Conferences
  • Links of Help
  • Plas Menai
  • Netherhall
  • Literary Activity
  • L of H Prayer Partners
  • L of H Register of Sewing Classes
  • L of H Register of Names, Addresses of friends
  • L of H Sales of work
  • Links bet Home and Foreign
  • International Links
  • Emigration
  • Missionary Conferences
  • LMM
  • Missionary Homes
  • Homes for missionary Children
  • Widows and Orphans Fund
  • Missionary Training
  • Missionary Support
  • Lantern Slides
  • Report of Conference of Brethren Oct 1922
  • Post-war Evangelism
  • Clubs
  • Wartime Evangelism
  • Post-War Plans
  • Return of Ex Servicemen
  • Post-War Evan P.O.W
  • Post-War European Voluntary Workers
  • Post-War Hungarian Refugees
  • Evangelism Fest of Britain
  • Evangels Coronation
  • Evangels City Centre: London
  • Open-Air Evangelism
  • Newspaper Evangelism
  • Film Evangelism
  • Ship Visiting
  • Bottled Messages
  • Evangelism Various Methods
  • Post Harringay Evangelism
  • Post Harr. Evangelism: Into the next towns
  • Tell Yorks
  • Other Countries
  • CEW
  • Evangelism Scotland
  • Evangelism: New Towns
  • GLO
  • Post 2nd World War Evangelism
  • Tom Rees
  • B:Graham, Reactions to:
  • Mass Evangel Eric Hutchings
  • Mass Evangel Hedley Murphy
  • Radio BBC Broadcasts
  • Radio Hedley Murphy
  • Radio John Knight
  • Radio Echo Midlands/Scotland
  • Radio Local Radio
  • Radio from foreign Stations
  • Mass Evangel Dick Saunders
  • Radio Dick Saunders
  • Evangelism Post-War Housing Estates
  • Evangel Village workers (London)
  • Youth Camps
  • Youth Centres
  • Revival and Criticisms of Brethren Post-War
  • Rigid Liberal Divide
  • Faith Lines Controversy
  • Assembly Budgeting
  • New Testament Commentary
  • Complaints General
  • Complaints Young People
  • Complaints Pastoral Care
  • Complaints Morning Meeting
  • Gospel Meetings ETC
  • Students in London
  • Family Services
  • Teaching Eve Classes, Courses, Tapes
  • Teaching Remedies
  • SS Teachers, Supts, ETC
  • Young People
  • YP Conventions
  • Oak Hall
  • Haymarket, Rossmore
  • Moorlands, Chelston, St Andrews
  • Regent College Vancouver
  • Y P Residential Conferences
  • Conference of Brethren at Moorlands
  • Plas Menai
  • Conference Centres
  • Conferences on Evangelism
  • Conferences for Bible Study
  • CBRF
  • Swanwick
  • Young Men's
  • East Anglian Young Men's
  • Northern Men's Bible Conference
  • Women's Day Conference. London, Oxford
  • Women's Bible Study Conference Weston Super Mare
  • Women's Bible Conference East Anglia (Felixstowe)
  • Women's Bible Conference, Swanwick
  • Women's North of England Bible Study Conferences
  • North of England Church, 1955, Reactions to
  • Ilfracombe Men's Bible Teaching Conference
  • Couples Conferences (Wessex)
  • Church Away Weekends
  • Idea of family holiday weekend
  • Renaming Halls
  • Church Buildings
  • UKET
  • Home workers Fund
  • Prophecy
  • Att to Pentecostalism
  • Attitude is Charismatic
  • Att to Ecumenical Mout
  • Att to Exclusive Brethren
  • Att to New Morality
  • Att to Evolution
  • Immigrants
  • Brethren Identity
  • Elders and local FTW's
  • Elders - confers of
  • Reception
  • Women in Church ETC
  • Church Matters (Various)
  • Social and Moral Issues

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open to any accredited reader.

Acquisition Information

Tim Grass

Conditions Governing Use

Photocopies and photographic copies of material in the archive can be supplied for private study purposes only, depending on the condition of the documents.

Prior written permission must be obtained from the Library for publication or reproduction of any material within the archive. Please contact the Head of Special Collections, John Rylands Library, 150 Deansgate, Manchester, M3 3EH.

Custodial History

The card index was passed to Tim Grass during his researches into the Open Brethren movement for his book,Gathering to His Name. He donated the index to the University of Manchester Library in July 2004.


None expected.

Related Material

The Christian Brethren Archive at The University of Manchester Library holds extensive printed Brethren materials including Witness, Harvester, and Believer's Magazine.


Grass, Tim, Gathering to his Name: The Story of the Open Brethren in Britain and Ireland (Milton Keynes: Paternoster, 2006).

F. Roy Coad, A History of the Brethren Movement (Carlisle: Paternoster, 1968).

Roy Coad, Laing: the Biography of Sir John W. Laing, CBE (1879-1978) (London: Hodder and Stoughton, 1979).