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.
Adam Clarke (c. 1762-1832) was a Methodist minister, commentator, and theologian. He was born in Ireland and, after receiving a very limited education, was apprenticed to a linen manufacturer.
Amy Carmichael (1867-1951) was born in Northern Ireland and educated at Wesleyan Methodist Boarding School. She grew up in a wealthy and well-connected family. Yet, despite her privileged circumstances, she dedicated her life to missions and went to Japan in 1893.
Francis Asbury (1745-1816) was the first Methodist bishop ordained in America. Asbury was born near Birmingham, England.
Edward McKendree (E. M.) Bounds (1835-1913) was a Methodist minister and renowned devotional writer. Bounds was born in Missouri and studied law as a young man.
Revolution has recently come to corporate worship in the American Holiness Movement.