February 1, 1813, near Tenby, Pembrokeshire, Wales.

December 30, 1894, at his daughter’s home in Ramsgate, Kent.

David was the son of preacher William Thomas. After a short business career, he attended Newport Pagnell College to prepare for the ministry, and afterwards became pastor at Chesham. In 1844, he moved to London, to serve as minister of the Stockwell Green Congregational Church. The church grew to 900 people during his tenure, and included congregants such as Catherine Mumford (officiating at her 1855 wedding to Salvation Army founder William Booth) and evangelist Wilson Carlile.

Thomas founded the Working Men’s Club and Institute, of which Lord Brougham was first president, and an insurance plan for the benefit of ministers’ widows. He also edited the Homilist, and in 1874, prepared for his church The Biblical Liturgy, contributing 26 original hymns, two or thee or which passed into other collections. Thomas retired in 1877. His works include:

  1. Jehovah, Evermore the Same
  2. Lord, We Ask Thy Richest Blessing
  3. O Spirit, Descend as the Beams of the Morn
  4. Show Pity, Lord