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.

“Of all the important American Christian leaders, the one whose impact is the most unjustly overlooked or understated is Francis Asbury.  I am delighted that you dedicated the new issue of Christian History to the Methodist Saint Francis. Well done!” —Dr. Kirk Farney, Wheaton College

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