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American Saint Francis Asbury and the Methodists

John Wigger


Francis Asbury (1745–1816) is one of the most important religious leaders in American history. He guided the creation of the American Methodist church, the largest church in nineteenth-century America and the foundation of much of the Holiness and Pentecostal movements. The United States remains a deeply religious nation and Asbury is an important reason why. Yet Asbury did not lead in ways that we expect. He did not look like the ministers of colonial America, nor does he look like many high profile religious leaders today. The son of an English gardener, he had only a few years of formal edu ... More

Keywords: Francis Asbury, church, expansion, Holiness, Methodism, Methodist, ministers, Pentecostal, preacher, religious leaders

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9780195387803
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2009 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195387803.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

John Wigger, author
University of Missouri
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