Methodist Family - Biographies By Last Name

Allen, Richard

Richard Allen (1760-1831) was an influential black minister who established the first black denomination in the United States.

Asbury, Francis

Francis Asbury (1745-1816) was the preeminent leader of American Methodism after the Revolutionary War.

Cartwright, Peter

Peter Cartwright (1785-1872) was a Methodist circuit ride and frontier preacher.

Coke, Thomas

Thomas Coke (1747-1814), along with Francis Asbury, served as the first bishop for the American Methodists.

Crosby, Frances "Fanny"

Fanny Crosby (1820-1915) wrote thousands of famous hymns, including "Blessed Assurance," "Jesus Keep Me Near the Cross," and "To God Be the Glory."

Harkness, Georgia

Georgia Harkness (1891-1974) was one of the first influential female theologians in the United States.

Hosier, Harry

Harry Hosier (1750-1806) was a renowned public speaker and one of the first licensed black preachers in Methodism.

Jones, Robert "Bob"

"Bob" Jones, Sr. (1883-1926) was a renowned evangelist and educator. He founded Bob Jones University, which promoted a conservative Christian education.

Lee, Jarena

Jarena Lee (1783-1855) was one of the first black female preachers in America.

Mott, John Raleigh

John Raleigh Mott (1865-1955) was an American Methodist layperson who is recognized as the "father of the modern ecumenical movement."

Payne, Daniel Alexander

Daniel Alexander Payne (1811-1893) was an African Methodist Episcopal Church bishop and the first black college president in the United States.

Pilmore, Joseph

Joseph Pilmore (1739-1825) was an English Methodist preacher and missionary, who helped spread Methodism in early America.

Tubman, Harriet

Harriet Tubman (1820-1913), known as the "Moses of her people," helped more than 300 slaves find freedom through the Underground Railroad.

Webb, Thomas

Thomas Webb (1724-1796) was a former British officer who helped spread Methodism in New York, Pennsylvania, Delaware, and New Jersey.

Wesley, Charles

Charles Wesley (1707-1788) was an important leader of the Methodist movement, the younger brother of John Wesley, and an influential hymn writer.

Wesley, John

John Wesley (1703-1791) founded the Methodist movement.

Willard, Frances

Frances Willard (1839-1898) was a social activist who promoted temperance, women’s suffrage, labor reform and home-centered family life.

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