Designed as an introduction to John Wesley’s life, this course looks at Wesley’s biography through the eyes of those familiar with the Wesley historic sites in England. You will hear the pastor who oversaw the Epworth Rectory Museum discuss the life of the Wesley family and John’s childhood; a leader of Wesley Memorial Church in Oxford talk about John’s college days; a chaplain of the New Room in Bristol describe John’s field preaching; and the assistant pastor of City Chapel in London discuss John as a preacher and organizer of societies. The course will look at the impact these different places had on Wesley’s life.
Course content is delivered primarily through video interviews with British clergy and lay leaders as well as daily readings from British Methodist historian John Tellford’s 1880’s biography, “The Life of John Wesley.” No need to buy the book, which is available online. The final session will be on Zoom where the class will discuss ways to integrate Wesley and our Methodist heritage into the life of the church.
In addition to Blackboard interactions, 1 required Zoom meeting will be held on the last Friday at 7pm Eastern time. The meeting will be recorded.
This course is eligible for 1.0 CEU.
Number of weeks: 2
Required books?: No
Live video session?: Yes, required
Part of a certification or series of courses?: No
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About the Instructor
Bill Poston is a life-long United Methodist and a member of Soapstone United Methodist Church in Raleigh, North Carolina, since 2002. He has been a facilitator and student in Disciple Bible Study classes, Jesus in the Gospels, and Christian Believer. He has certification for completing the BeaDisciple Wesley Academy classes.
Bill used his skills as a government public information officer to create a series of videos with British Methodists at the Wesley historic sites in Epworth, Oxford, Bristol, and London. He is an avid reader of John Wesley biography and has an interest in Methodist history.