Born in 1905, Arthur Fawcett was the son of a Yorkshire miner and worked as a clerk at one of Britain’s largest pits. Just before the Second World War, however, he left the colliery and gave the rest of his life to serving the church of Christ.
In 1940, he took charge of the Church of the Nazarene at Uddingston, Lanarkshire, while studying successfully for Master of Arts and Bachelor of Divinity degrees at Glasgow University. He later graduated Doctor of Philosophy from the same institution for a thesis about the 18th century evangelical revival around nearby Cambuslang, which formed the basis for his account The Cambuslang Revival, published by the Trust.
After joining the Church of Scotland, Fawcett ministered for twenty-four years (1952-76) at Johnstone High Kirk, retiring on health grounds, which included the loss of his eyesight.
Dr Fawcett was well known and loved as a lecturer, mission leader and preacher. An article in the Paisley Daily Express in 2011 commended his ‘inspirational preaching, pastoral care, youth work and school and hospital chaplaincies.’ He went to be with the Lord on December 14, 1976, just 25 days after the death of his wife, Olive.