Francis Asbury: Circuit Riding Preacher

"Francis Asbury, the founding bishop of American Methodism, rode on horseback thousands of miles, preaching over 16,000 sermons as a “circuit rider” in the early 19th century.

In 1784, John Wesley asked Asbury to help establish the Methodist Church in America. It was a difficult life, visiting churches under his charge, preaching from over 1,000 biblical passages.

And always with him, an English as well as a Hebrew Bible. “I. freely in the Bible; this book is so much hated by some. As for me I will love and read it more than ever.”

Francis Asbury died weakened by illness from his circuit riding. But in his lifetime 4,000 preachers were ordained, and he launched several schools, including “Sunday schools,” to teach children to read and write.

Engage with the Bible—its message and its messengers over the centuries!"


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