PAYNE, Ernest Alexander. Upper Clapton, London 16.2.1902 — 14.1.1980. British Missionary and Baptist Leader. Intending to become missionary he studied at Regent’s Park College, Mansfield College of Oxford and Marburg University. Family circumstances prevented him from going to India and he became Baptist minister in England. From 1932 in administration of the Baptist Church. In 1940-51 taught at Regent’s Park College, now in Oxford. In 1951-67 General Secretary of the Baptist Union of Great Britain and Ireland. A committed ecumenist.
Publications: The Śāktas. An Introductory and Comparative Study. 153 p. Oxford & Calcutta 1933.
– Harry Wyatt of Shansi, 1895-1938. L. 1939; South-East from Serampore: More Chapters in the Story of the Baptist Missionary Society. 92 p. L. 1945.
– Many works on religion and the history of Baptism.
Sources: *M.S. West, To be a pilgrim: a memoir of Ernest A. Payne. 1983; Wikipedia briefly with photo; www.bu.edu/missiology/missionary-biography/n-o-p-q/payne-ernest-alexander-1902-1980/.