Francis Asbury: Circuit Rider

When Frank arrived in the American colonies in 1771, the Methodist Church had six hundred members. Now, in 1816, the church had grown to 214,000 members, with seven hundred preachers riding circuits. One American in every forty was now a Methodist in the fast-growing country, and countless other people had been impacted by Methodist teachings and practices.

At Frank’s memorial service at St. George’s in Philadelphia, Ezekiel Cooper, one of Frank’s preachers and a man who had known him for over thirty years, asked this question about Francis Asbury: “What could he do that he did not do? For he exhausted all his strength, broke down his constitution, spent his talents and his all, and wore out his life, for the good of man and for the glory of God.”