1860 Free Methodist Church

I. Group Profile

1. Name - Free Methodist Church
2. Year Founded - 1860
3. Founder - Benjamin Titus Roberts
A. Date of Birth & Death
B. Place of Founder's Birth
C. Founder's Religion - Young Methodist pastor who had been expelled from the Methodist Episcopal Church because of his calls for reform and renewal.
4. Sacred Texts
5. Size of Group
II. History

The Free Methodist Church was organized in Pekin, New York, in 1860. The principal founder, Benjamin Titus Roberts, was a young Methodist pastor who had been expelled from the Methodist Episcopal Church because of his calls for reform and renewal. Roberts, a graduate of Wesleyan University, had been a successful Methodist pastor and in 1860 founded a monthly magazine, The Earnest Christian.

The denomination adopted the name 'Free Methodist' to signify free seats for all (a protest against pew rental), freedom from slavery and slave-holding, and freedom of the Spirit in worship and in daily living.

The Free Methodist Church is committed to the doctrines of historic Methodism as represented in the ministry of John Wesley in eighteenth-century England. Its polity is similar to that of other Methodist churches, though from the beginning it has provided for equal 'lay' and 'clergy' representation in church government -- a reform when the denomination was organized in 1860.

The denomination grew rapidly during its first three decades, spread across much of the Midwest and to the West Coast, and established foreign mission work in several countries. Free Methodists founded a number of schools, including Roberts Wesleyan College, Spring Arbor College, Greenville College, Central Christian College, and Seattle Pacific University. SOURCE

III. Beliefs of Group
IV. Organization
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