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American Saint Francis Asbury and the Methodists$
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John Wigger

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780195387803

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195387803.001.0001

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American Saint Francis Asbury and the Methodists

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William Glendinning and William Hammet represented two significant challenges to Asbury’s authority in the early 1790s. Though neither was much of a direct threat, together they helped to set the stage for O’Kelly’s protest at the 1792 General Conference. At the conference, O’Kelly proposed that itinerant preachers be allowed to appeal their annual circuit appointments made by Asbury. After much debate, during which Thomas Coke now opposed O’Kelly, the conference rejected O’Kelly’s proposal and he left the church. With a group of followers O’Kelly started a new church, the Republican Methodist Church.

Keywords:   appointment, circuit, Thomas Coke, General Conference, William Glendinning, William Hammet, itinerant preachers, James O’Kelly, protest, Republican Methodist Church

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