A Brief history of the Wesleyan Church:
The Wesleyan Church can trace its early beginnings to the formation of the Methodist Episcopal Church in December of 1784, based upon the writings and preaching of John Wesley. As the Methodist Episcopal Church began to grow, so did the church’s political views, particularly on the subject of slavery. Wesley and the early Methodist leaders had been uncompromising in their denunciation of human slavery. When a group of ministers in the New England Conference, led by Rev. Orange Scott, began to rally again for the abolition of slavery, the bishops and others in the church sought to silence them. This led to the formation of the Wesleyan Methodist Church on May 13, 1841. In 1947, the name was changed to The Wesleyan Methodist Church of America.
Meanwhile a “holiness” movement began sweeping the nation around that same time. That movement, or revival, was moving through several denominations. The roots of what became known as the Pilgrim Holiness Church began with the formation of the International Holiness Union and Prayer League. The church then underwent several name changes, but the Pilgrim Holiness Church, was the official name adopted in 1922. In the late 1950s, merger talks between the Wesleyan Church of America and the Pilgrim Holiness Church began and on June 26, 1968, the 2 churches officially merged into what we know today as The Wesleyan Church.
Today, you will find the Wesleyan Church all around the world! In 2014 there were 5,800 churches with over 516,000 worshippers. During that year, over 90,000 people gave their lives to Jesus!
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