Category Archives: University

Drew University Library offers Methodist Library FAQs

The Drew University Library Methodist Collection offers answers to a list of frequently asked questions about Methodism.

When was Methodism founded?

Methodism began in Britain due to the activities of John and Charles Wesley. The Methodist Episcopal Church in the United States was founded in December 1784 at a meeting in Baltimore, MD known as the “Christmas Conference.” For more on the story, see

You can find the FAQ at


Drew University Library offers Illustrated Methodist History

The Drew University Library Methodist Collection offers 200 Years of Methodism, an Illustrated History.

The history was originally published in a printed limited edition, illustrated from the holdings of the Archives and History Center of The United Methodist Church, which had officially opened its new quarters on the Drew University campus in October, 1982. In preparing the electronic version, the page formatting was kept simple, the uncrowded layout makes the book a pleasure to read. You can click through on the images to a higher resolution copy.

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MethLibrarian Blog writes about first U.S. parsonage

The MethLibrarian Blog has an article on The First Methodist Parsonage in the United States.

Throughout the history of American Methodism there have been many claims regarding the location of the first Methodist church. This is the first article I’ve found arguing for the location of the first Methodist parsonage. For those of you who grew up architecturally attached to the church you may find the following of interest:

“The controversy as to which was the first Methodist church in America we will leave to those who claim priority for the old John Street Church, New York, and those who enter a counter claim on behalf of the Strawbridge log meetinghouse in Maryland. While these warring advocates are pitting Asbury against Lee and Lee against Asbury — marshaling supposition against supposition and document against document — let us turn to an interesting item of Methodist history, about which there is no such perplexing surmise.

There can be no doubt that the little, old-fashioned, Dutch-built house which stood on a lot adjoining the John Street Church, New York City, was the first Methodist parsonage in America.

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Drew University Library Image Collection

Drew University Library has been digitizing its collection of Methodist images.

The staff of the Drew University Methodist Library has been digitizing several thousand folders of archived images to Flickr. The images date from the 18th century to the present and include a variety of persons affiliated with the global Methodist tradition. Pictures include educators, missionaries, ministers, and social justice advocates. Most of the images highlight individuals from the United Methodist Church tradition but many evidence individuals from lesser known Methodist-related denominations.

It has a flicker site available at

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UM Women share Wesley history

United Methodist Women have an online study: John Wesley: Holiness of Heart and LIfe.

We invite you to: Deepen your Christian walk in word and deed; Follow John Wesley’s disciplines of prayer, Bible study, and fasting; Discover the roots of mission, spirituality, and justice; Act with Wesley on issues of poverty, slavery, substance abuse, education of children, women’s leadership.


Heitzenrater honored by SMU

SMU To Confer Honorary Degrees

SMU awarded Methodist historian Richard P. Heitzenrater an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degrees during graduation ceremonies on May 17.

Heitzenrater is recognized as the world’s leading authority on John Wesley and early Methodism. His book, Wesley and the People Called Methodists, has been translated into seven languages. He served on the faculty of SMU’s Perkins School of Theology for 16 years and in 2010 retired from the faculty of Duke University Divinity School. He is best known for breaking the secret code of Wesley’s personal diaries, making them available to the world. For his scholarly achievements and his service to SMU, the University conferred upon Heitzenrater the degree of Doctor of Humane Letters, honoris causa.

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