History of First United Methodist Church

John Wesley Founder Methodism

The founder of the Methodist movement. John Wesley (1703-1791) was born at Epworth,
England, the son of a Church of England clergyman. He was graduated from Christ College,
Oxford, England. For a brief period he was a missionary to Georgia.

In 1738 he had an intense religious experience at a meeting on Aldersgate Street, London.

Following this he began to preach throughout the country. He was a prolific preacher and writer,
and his writings provided a core of standard doctrine and interpretation to guide the new Methodist movement.

In 1784, he sent instructions to America for the formation of a separate Methodist church for the United States.