Who are The Methodists?
John Wesley and his legacy
The Methodist Church grew out of the work of John Wesley, who was born 300 years ago in 1703 and who died in 1791 at the ripe old age of 88. A Church of England clergyman who, after becoming an Oxford Fellow and missionary in Georgia USA, felt a clear call to preach to the ordinary people of the country. In many areas, most particularly in the new industrial towns, many of the ordinary people felt powerless to influence the life of the country and excluded from the church of the day. Among other things, this resulted from the influence of upper class family and parliamentary patronage on the selection and promotion of the clergy.
John Wesley, supported by his brother Charles (a prolific hymn writer), spent the...Read More