Francis Asbury


Francis Asbury (1745-1816), Methodist minister and founder of the American Methodist Episcopal church, was born near Birmingham, England. Aggressively devoted to itinerant preaching, Asbury travelled some 275,000 miles by the end of his life. He controversially became the first bishop of Methodism in America, and under his leadership the denomination witnessed a tremendous period of growth which established Methodism as the largest religious movement in America between the Revolution and the Civil War. During a period when Methodism grew numerically and financially, Asbury clung to the older ways of Methodism established by Wesley: earn, save and give all you can.

For further reading see John Wigger, American Saint: Francis Asbury and the Methodists (Oxford University Press, 2009).  

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