John Wesley (1703-1791) was a minister in the Church of England and the founder of Methodism.
Theologically, Wesley emphasized free will along with predestination and faith along with works. Spiritually, he encouraged a life of prayer, Bible study, and charity work. Today, there are as many as 70 million Methodists worldwide.
On Aldersgate Street in London is a bronze memorial Methodist Flame and plaque (1981) commemorating John Wesley's conversion experience on this site on May 24, 1738. Wesley described his conversion in his journal:
Wesley's description of his experience is reproduced from the first edition of journal onto the memorial.
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|Names:||Aldersgate Flame · John Wesley's Conversion Place Memorial|
|Categories:||monuments; Protestant heritage sites|
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|Coordinates:||51.517675° N, 0.096264° W|
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