John Wesley

John Wesley Biography

Evangelist, Philanthropist (1703–1791)
John Wesley was an Anglican clergyman, evangelist, and founder, with his brother Charles, of the Methodist movement in the Church of England.


John Wesley was born June 17, 1703 in Epworth, England. In 1729 he joined his brother Charles, Robert Kirkham and William Morgan in a religious study group called the “Methodists.” Taking over the leadership of the group, John helped it grow in numbers. The “Methodists,” also called the Holy Club, were known for fasting two days a week. From 1730 on, they added social services to their activities.

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