Edwin Joseph Dyson Hellier was born on 7 May 1880 in Minehead, Somerset. He was educated in Oxford, and was ordained as a Priest in 1904. Following a period as a Curate in Cornwall he became Chaplain and Vice Principal at Dorchester Missionary College.
In 1910 he travelled to India with the Society for the Propagation of the Gospel Mission, and was based at Betgeri-Gadag in Karnataka, followed by a posting to Sonai in Ahmednagar District (Bombay Diocese of India). He worked in the Mission until 1916 when he returned to England and married Vera Carr from Cornwall.
He did not return to India, as his health had been poor during his years in the Mission. He lived and worked in the Bristol and Chipping Sodbury area until his death in 1963.