Selwyn Hughes is probably best known for his series of books called Every Day With Jesus, which are read by approximately half a million people around the world each day.
He was born in 1927 at 4, South Tunnel Houses which were situated opposite the Tunnel Colliery on the Roman Road between Fochriw and CwmBargoed and was the first son of John Wyndham and Lil Hughes. It is interesting to note that in later years this row of houses was converted into a pub/restuarant called the Tunnel Tavern, by another well known local Billy Gardner, more details of which may be seen in A History of Fochriw in Photographs Volumes 1 & 2 by Peter Price
As a point of interest, Wyndam worked at Ogilvie Colliery as a “wireman” responsible for the maintenance of the underground signalling and telephone system, whilst, at the time of writing this in September 2007, his wife Lil is still alive at a ripe old age of 100, and lives in Pontlottyn in a house which is situated between her daughter Pam and my mother, Glenys.
Selwyn was educated in Fochriw Primary School and Bargoed Grammar School and went on to become an apprentice at Guest, Keen and Nettlefolds Ifor Works in Dowlais
His parents were members of Fochriw Penticostal Church where, in his teens , he accepted Christ as his Saviour under the ministry of David Thomas the Pastor who was his, and my, uncle and then as a result of a visit by John Wallace, the Principal of Bristol Penticostal Theological College, who came to Fochriw to speak in a convention at the church.
This resulted in Selwyn’s attendance at theological collage and his first pastorate was in Cornwall where he met his wife Enid. This was followed by 16 years in various churches in Wales, Yorkshire, Essex and London
In the 1960’s, Selwyn started writing his daily reading notes on the back of postcards for a few members of his congregation. This quickly became a ministry that led to an organisation called Crusade for World Revival (CWR) based in Farnham, Surrey, that was established in 1965 and is dedicated to preparing the Church for revival. The vision was to bring God’s Word into everyday life and relationships
Every Day with Jesus is just one part of a successful publishing ministry. The organisation is also known for setting the highest standards in Christian counselling training and Selwyn travelled the world supporting God’s Church.
Selwyn earned international respect as a man of God with years of collected wisdom, an uncompromising yet compassionate nature and a quick and lively mind. All this continued to be reflected in his work, which touched many people throughout the world every single day.
The former Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Donald Coggan (no relationship) described Selwyn as a “giant in the faith”