John Wesley

Evangelist John Wesley

Profession: Evangelist

United Kingdom

Biography: John Wesley was an English cleric best known as a leader of the Methodist movement, a religious revival within the Church of England. This movement went on to become the foundation of the contemporary Methodist church.

Wesley's leadership of a disparate set of Christian groups in Great Britain and Ireland gave birth to the Methodist movement, which was renowned for its social and political advocacy concerning the abolition of slavery and prison form.

Born: June 28, 1703
Birthplace: Epworth, Lincolnshire, England
Star Sign: Cancer

Died: March 2, 1791 (aged 87)

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Historical Events

  • 1738-05-24 John Wesley is converted, launching the Methodist movement; celebrated annually by Methodists as Aldersgate Day
  • 1748-06-24 The Kingswood School is opened by John Wesley and his brother Charles Wesley in Bristol. The school later moved to Bath
  • 1784-02-28 John Wesley charters Methodist Church

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