1766 – 1838. Christmas Evans was born in Wales on Christmas day. At age 17 Christmas Evans became the servant of a Presbyterian minister under whose influence he became religious. As he began to preach, he gravitated towards the Baptists. In 1788 he was baptised in the river Duar. Christmas Evans went out to preach to the scattered Baptists of Wales and in doing so had a conversion experience of his own. After this he spoke with new power of conviction that drew crowds to hear him. He had a vivid imagination, and he could make his congregation laugh one moment and cry the next.