Person Born 17/6/1703 Died 2/3/1791
Founder of the Methodist denomination of the Protestant religion. Born Epworth rectory, near Lincoln. Was a Church of England clergyman and at Whitsuntide, May 1738, 3 days after his brother, Charles, had a conversion experience which marked the spiritual birth of Methodism. Inspired by the Moravian doctrine. Aged 48 he married Mary Vazeille but unable to compete with his other interests she left him 15 years later. They had no children. Died at his house in City Road.