At birth, John Wesley was named John Benjamin Wesley. By the time he was an adult, the middle name of Benjamin had disappeared.  His mother sometimes referred to him as Jackie.
John Wesley was born June 17, 1703, the fifteenth in a line of nineteen children. 
John Wesley was born 17 June (Old Style) / 28 June (New Style), 1703. 
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.
He was an Anglican minister and theologian who, with his brother Charles 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. 
Several excellent biographies of John Wesley are available elsewhere online:
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