Issue 114: Francis Asbury: Pioneer of Methodism

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What happens when a lower-middle-class metalworker from a rough neighborhood in the middle of the English countryside leads a few immigrant preachers amid the religious diversity of the American colonies? After Francis Asbury heard the Methodist message of salvation marked by a life of discipline, he volunteered to go to America as a missionary in 1774. Nothing about American religion would ever be the same again. Dynamic worship, energetic circuit-riding preachers, and a close-up, personal style of leadership made Methodism a movement perfectly suited to bring the word of God to the new nation of America. And Asbury led the way.

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