John Wesley Biography

John Wesley was an Anglican divine and theologian who, with his brother Charles Wesley and fellow cleric George Whitefield, is credited with the foundation of the evangelical movement known as Methodism. His work and writings also played a leading role in the development of the Holiness movement and Pentecostalism.

Educated at Charterhouse School and Oxford University, Wesley was elected a fellow of Lincoln College, Oxford in 1726 and ordained a priest two years later. Returning to Oxford in 1729 after serving as curate at his father's parish, he led the Holy Club, a club for the purpose of study and the pursuit of a devout Christian life; it had been founded by his brother Charles, and counted John Whitefield among its members. After an unsuccessful ministry of two years at Savannah in the Georgia Colony, Wesley returned to London and joined a religious society led by Moravian Christians. On 24 May 1738 he experienced what has come to be called his evangelical conversion, when he felt his "heart strangely warmed". He subsequently departed from the Moravians, beginning his own ministry. Source: Wikipedia

Biography Snapshot
Name:
John Wesley
Nationality:
United Kingdom
Profession:
Preacher, Theologian, Priest
Religion:
Methodism, Anglicanism
Date of Birth:
June 28, 1703
Astrological Sign:
Cancer
Date of Death:
March 2, 1791
Age at Death:
87
John Wesley Timeline
  • 1738-05-24
    John Wesley is converted, essentially launching the Methodist movement; the day is 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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