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John Wesley, "The Methodist Founder"

Birthplace: Epworth, North Lincolnshire, United Kingdom
Death: Died in London, Greater London, United Kingdom
Place of Burial: London, United Kingdom
Immediate Family:

Son of Samuel Wesley and Susannah/Susanna Wesley (Ansley)
Husband of Mary Vazeille Wesley
Brother of Anne Nancy Wesley; Samuel Wesley the Younger; Charles "The Methodist Founder" Wesley; Susanna Wesley; Mary Wesley and 6 others

Occupation: Founding Father of the Methodist Movement. See:
Managed by: Rachel Leigh Hansen
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About John Wesley, "The Methodist Founder"

Born June 28, 1703, at Epworth, Lincolnshire, England. 15th of 19 siblings. Father: Anglican minister. Raised Anglican. Schooled through Oxford University. Childhood distinctions: righteous, bookish. Both parents lived into adulthood.


  • 1709 almost died in rectory fire.
  • 1714 entered Charterhouse school in London.
  • 1720 entered Oxford.
  • 1724 graduated Oxford.
  • 1725 ordained deacon.
  • 1726 Fellow at Oxford.
  • 1727 ordained priest.
  • 1729 joined brother Charles' Holy Club (derisively called 'Methodists').
  • 1735 began 55-year journal.
  • 1736 in America (with Charles) to serve Georgia colony, published (with Charles) hymnal.
  • 1737 fled America.
  • 1738 'infilling of the Holy Spirit' experience (London), visited Moravians in Germany.
  • 1739 in Bristol first field preached, formed Methodist societies.
  • 1740 opened Foundry chapel at (London)
  • 1741 broke with George Whitefield over predestination, approved lay preaching for Methodists.
  • 1744 first Methodist conference, scathing speech at Oxford.
  • 1747 published medical book.
  • 1749 feuded with Charles over Grace Murray.
  • 1751 married Molly Vazeille (with whom he had no children).
  • 1753 nearly died from illness.
  • 1771 separated from wife.
  • 1777 started Arminian magazine.
  • 1778 opened City Road chapel (London)
  • 1784 ordained Methodist ministers for America.
  • 1786 affirmed Methodists in England would remain Anglican.

Died March 2, 1791. Buried City Road chapel in London.

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June 17, 1703
Epworth, North Lincolnshire, United Kingdom
March 2, 1791
Age 87
London, Greater London, United Kingdom
London, United Kingdom