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Profiles in Faith: John Wesley

This year Methodists from all over the world are celebrating the three-hundredth anniversary of the birth of their founder, John Wesley, who was born at Epworth, England, on June 17, 1703, and died in London on March 2, 1791.

Although Methodist denominations have sprung up from the Methodist renewal movement that Wesley commenced in the Church of England, Wesley never belonged to the Methodist Church: he remained an Anglican priest and desired his evangelical followers to stay in this national church. He is known as one of the great preachers and leaders of the Evangelical Revival during the First Great Awakening. . .

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Arthur Dicken Thomas

Arthur Dicken Thomas, is a professor of Christian Spirituality at the Ecumenical Institute of Theology, St. Mary’s Seminary in Baltimore and adjunct faculty in Spirituality at Wesley Theological Seminary, Washington, DC, and Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, California. Art received his B.A. from the College of William and Mary, M.Div. from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, M.A. from Wesley Theological Seminary, Th.M. and Ph.D. in church history from Union Theological Seminary in Virginia. His publications include The Second Great Awakening in Virginia, Slavery Reform, Early Churches of Culpeper County, Virginia and about forty-five articles.


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