1703 – 1791
John Wesley, the founder of Methodism, was converted to Christ at the age of thirty-five. Before his conversion he had done missionary work among the American Indians as an Anglican minister.
He was cast out of the Anglican church and spent the rest of his life preaching in the fields and on the streets. He was up each morning before five o’clock for prayer and Bible study; then he would ride a horse fifteen to twenty miles to preach four or five times per day.
During his lifetime Wesley traveled two hundred and fifty thousand miles preaching a total of forty-two thousand sermons. He died at the age of 81 and preached until the month he died.
Artists note: The thoughtful and holy brooding of the man is pictured. The background illustrates his famous statement, “The world is my parish.”