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Asbury, Francis (1745–1816)

  1. Kenneth M. Loyer

Published Online: 25 NOV 2011

DOI: 10.1002/9780470670606.wbecc0086

The Encyclopedia of Christian Civilization

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Loyer, K. M. 2011. Asbury, Francis (1745–1816). The Encyclopedia of Christian Civilization. .

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 25 NOV 2011


Francis Asbury, Methodist preacher and bishop, played a crucial role in the development of American Methodism, the largest popular religious movement in America between the Revolution and the Civil War. The first bishop in American Methodism, Asbury oversaw the movement during a period of remarkable growth, from several thousand members to more than 200,000. Throughout his 45 years of leadership, he labored tirelessly in traveling, preaching, and supervising the work of Methodist preachers in America, where he arrived in 1771 after having been commissioned by John Wesley, the founder of Methodism, from his home country, England.


  • Asbury, Francis (1745–1816);
  • Francis Asbury, methodist preacher and bishop;
  • first bishop, in American methodism;
  • traveling preacher;
  • Asbury, rest of his life in America;
  • methodism, through times of challenge;
  • methodist preachers, as english sympathizers;
  • slaveholding;
  • southern methodists, holding slaves