Wesley, Charles - Timeline Biography

Time Period

12-18-1707 - 03-29-1788

Description

Charles Wesley was educated at Oxford and ordained, like his brother, John. At Oxford, he joined the Holy Club, or Methodists, a group of young men interested in spiritual matters and works of charity. He was influential in having his brother John join the group. Both he and his brother did mission work in the colony of Georgia briefly and later experienced a religious conversion under the influence of Peter Bohler and the Moravians.

However, he also had a distinct legacy from his brother. Although he engaged in missions like John, he is more known as a hymn writer, composing more than 6,000 hymns in all. Some of his well-known hymns include "Hark! The Herald Angels Sing" and "Christ the Lord Is Risen Today." In addition, he was strongly against separating from the Church of England.

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Events

John and Charles Wesley Visit America

Photographs

Charles Wesley- Library of Congress, LC-USZ6-546 Charles Wesley- Library of Congress, LC-USZ6-546

Charles Wesley portrait- Internet Archive- from The Life of The Rev Charles Wesley portrait- Internet Archive- from The Life of The Rev

Charles Wesley stained glass- Wikimedia Commons- photo by Weglinde Charles Wesley stained glass- Wikimedia Commons- photo by Weglinde

Charles Wesley statue- photo by Brian Robert Marshall (CC BY-SA 2 Charles Wesley statue- photo by Brian Robert Marshall (CC BY-SA 2

Book/Journal Source(s)

Cross, F. L., and E.A. Livingstone, 2005.The Oxford dictionary of the Christian Church New York: Oxford University Press.

Web Source(s)

http://wesley.nnu.edu/charles-wesley/

Web Page Contributor

Benjamin T. Gurrentz
Affliated with: Pennsylvania State University, Ph.D. in Sociology

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