John Wesley is literally the father of methodism. Born 1703 in Epworth, Lincolnshire, England, he was a cleric, theologian and evangelist. In 1738 he felt his “heart strangely warmed,” and began his own ministry. Wesley remained a member of the Church of England until his death in 1791 at the age of 87.
Methodist worldwide account for over 80 million people. By contrast the United Methodist Church (UMC) as a denomination make up less than 9 million. The UMC will split in May 2020, with traditionalist leaving to form their own methodist denomination.
John’s brother Charles Wesley was born in 1707 and followed in the family business as a cleric. He is widely known for his many hymns written during his lifetime. Charles died in 1788 at the age of 80.
There is much to learn about the lives and ministries of John and Charles Wesley.