The Cyclopedia of New Zealand [Wellington Provincial District]
The Rev. John Reed Glasson
The Rev. John Reed Glasson, Minister in charge of the Terrace Congregational Church, Wellington, was born at Helston, Cornwall. He is a son of Mr. John Glasson, yeoman, who represents a class which is fast becoming less numerous in the Old Country, though they have been recognised as the backbone of England. Mr. Glasson was educated at the Helston Grammar School, and subsequently at the Bristol University. He commenced his studies for the ministry at the Bristol Theological Institution, which is a Baptist college. Completing his studies in the year 1883, Mr. Glasson was ordained in Manchester, and accepted the pastorate of the Nursery Street Congregational Church. After twelve months, Mr. Glasson came out to the colonies, having accepted the care of the College Park Congregational Church, Adelaide. The reverend gentleman resided in South Australia for ten years, and in 1890 was elected to the high position of chairman of the Congregational Union of South Australia. In the year following he was appointed a delegate to the International Council of Congregationalists, held in London. Resigning his position in connection with the College Park Church, Mr. Glasson, in 1894, came to New Zealand, and took up his abode in Wellington. He married Miss Louisa Mary Cutting, daughter of the late Mr. John Cutting, of South Australia. As a Christian Socialist, Mr. Glasson holds strong opinions on the amount of good the church can do in social questions. He is by no means a pessimist, and does not insist that the world is getting worse, but is rather inclined to the opinion that there is something to hope for, and to work for, and believes that a brighter future is in store for the world. He is a great advocate for guarding the sanctity of the Sabbath, and believes that if for physical reasons only, it is necessary that one day in seven should be set apart as a day of rest.