Excerpt from a biographer:
His addresses on Pastoralia, in view of his varied experiences in different spheres and his wide reading, must have been specially helpful. Much of what he then gave was reproduced later in The Work of the Ministry. The second part on Preaching is unrivalled in its grasp of the subject and its suggestiveness. “Think yourself empty, read yourself full, write yourself clear, pray yourself keen—then enter the pulpit and let yourself go!” It would be hard to better that as a general counsel.
W. H. (William Henry) Griffith Thomas was an Anglican theologian of deep evangelical conviction, an erudite pastor, scholar and effective educator who influenced the evangelical movement in Great Britain and North America profoundly. Born in Shropshire in 1861, Griffith Thomas was converted to Christ at the age of sixteen, at which point he embarked upon a rigorous course of study (he was largely self-taught in Greek) that culminated in a doctorate in divinity from Oxford in 1906.
Upon being ordained an Anglican deacon in 1885, Griffith Thomas began a ministerial trajectory that led him, twenty years later, to the role of principal at Wycliffe Hall, Oxford, an important training ground for evangelical Anglicans. During his Oxford tenure he worked tirelessly, publishing his important book, The Work of the Ministry (1911), while writing a regular column for The Record and editing the quarterly theological journal, The Churchman. It was also during this period that he became involved in the British Keswick Convention (1906), having made his first trip to North America in 1903 to speak at the Northfield Conference in Massachusetts, long associated with the famous evangelist, D. L. Moody (1837—1899) and Dallas Theological Seminary’s founder, Lewis Sperry Chafer (1871—1952).
In 1910, Griffith Thomas joined the faculty of Wycliffe College in Toronto. During this fruitful period he continued to lecture at Bible Conferences and evangelical colleges, and was chosen by B. B. Warfield to deliver the prestigious Stone Lectures at Princeton Seminary in 1913. Furthermore, his literary output continued unabated, and he produced several devotional commentaries and a major theological work, The Principles of Theology (published posthumously), while serving as editor of the Canadian Churchman (1910—13) and associate editor of Bibliotheca Sacra (1910-13).