John Wesley (1703-1791), the founder of Methodism, attended Oxford University in 1720 and was ordained deacon in 1725. He returned to Oxford in 1729 and became the leader of the “holy club” or Methodists, which had been organized during his absence by his brother, Charles.
Charles Wesley (1708-1788) has been called “the poet of Methodism.” Born in Epworth, England in 1707 he was educated at Westminster School and Oxford University, where he took his degree in 1728.
Francis Asbury (1745-1816) was the first Methodist bishop ordained in America. Asbury was born near Birmingham, England.
William and Catherine Booth (1829-1912 & 1829-1890) were the founders of the Salvation Army.