John Wesley

John Wesley (1703 - 1791)

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Reverend John "Jackie" Wesley
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Biography of John Wesley


At birth, John Wesley was named John Benjamin Wesley. By the time he was an adult, the middle name of Benjamin had disappeared. [1] His mother sometimes referred to him as Jackie.

Birth & Early Life

John Wesley was born June 17, 1703, the fifteenth in a line of nineteen children. [1]

John Wesley was born 17 June (Old Style) / 28 June (New Style), 1703. [2]

Was rescued from a fire that destroyed his parents rectory by two villagers who made a human ladder to reach him.[3]

He revered his mother. He did not marry until after his mother passed away.[3]

Has a son named Hall.[3]

1728 Ordination as Priest

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.

  • Born 1703,and Christened on 3 July 1703 in Epworth, Lincolnshire, England, [4]

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. [2]

Faith Contributions

  • Eighteenth century preacher who contributed to the Protestant Reformation.
  • He and his brother Charles Wesley devised "method" for Bible Study and "Evangelism".
  • Known for his down to earth preaching style, riding from town to town on horseback to reach people and tell them about Jesus.
  • Founder of the Methodist Church, one of the main branches of Christianity.
  • A Pentecostal version of Methodists uses Wesley's name - the Wesleyans.


Wesleys Chapel, London Borough of Islington, Greater London, England
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  1. 1.0 1.1 Halford E. Luccock. The Story of Methodism. Nashville: Abingdon Press, 1926, p. 44
  2. 2.0 2.1 Wikipedia-John Wesley. Accessed May 20, 2016.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Greetham, Mary. "Susanna Wesley Mother of Methodism." Foundery Press, Great Britain, 1988.
  4. England Births & Chrisenings (1538-1975) ( the son of Samuel Wesley and his wife Susannah Annesley.

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George Romney portrait of Reverend John Wesley (1789)
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